- Ahead of the rescheduled elections, the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) in Katsina has pledged its support for President Muhammadu Buhari
- The RIFAN said that it is throwing its weight behind President Buhari because he has transformed the lives of indigenes in the state through agricultural development
- The association said that it needs Buhari in power so that he can consolidate on the gains of his administration
The Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN), Katsina state chapter, has directed its members to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Aminu Masari in the rescheduled elections.
Alhaji Shuaibu Wakili, the chairman of the chapter, said this in a statement in Daura on Thursday, February 21. He said the chapter issued the directive at the end of its general meeting in Katsina on Wednesday, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Wakili said that the directive became imperative for the association to throw its weight behind Buhari and Masari considering their individual efforts at transforming the agricultural sector since 2015.
“We must vote for APC wisely and massively, according to our conscience,” the chairman said. He said that the Buhari led-administration had through its anchor borrower’s programme and other agricultural schemes, created millions of jobs, enhanced self-reliance and boosted food security.
The chairman noted that Nigeria had substituted rice importation with export of the commodity. RIFAN also lauded the federal government on the provision of agricultural inputs to farmers through the anchor borrower’s programme.
According to the association,over 250,000 farmers have benefitted from the programme across the 34 local government areas of the state .
He said the anchor borrower’s programme had also created “thousands of millionaires“ stressing that farmers were provided with fertiliser, seedlings, water pumping machines, insecticides, sprayers and herbicides through revolving loan.
He emphasised that the association found it expedient to galvanise support toward Buhari’s re-election, to enable him consolidate on the gains of his administration so far recorded.
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Wakili said: “The rice farmers and their families in Katsina state will ensure block votes for Buhari and Masari.”
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that RIFAN had drummed support for President Buhari’s re-election bid, ahead of the presidential election.
This was the resolution of the national executives and state chairmen of the association in the 36 states and FCT on Tuesday, February 19, in Abuja. RIFAN's president, Aminu Goroyo, said that each of the 12.2 million members of the association had pledged their support for President Buhari.
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