Buhari Speaks as Tinubu Takes Campaign to Katsina State After Bandits Kill 40 Vigilantes
- The atmosphere was sober as the APC presidential campaign rally got to Katsina state amid the recent brutal killings by bandits
- President Buhari, who was in attendance, condoled the people of Katsina state over the attack, as he urged them to remain courageous and hopeful to defeat the terrorists
- The APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, also spoke about his plan for the state if elected
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Katsina state - The presidential campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina state on Monday, February 6, was turned into a prayer session due to the recent bandits' attack.
Recall that bandits killed over 40 vigilantes in the Bakori local government area of the state.
A statement from Tinubu's Media Office signed by Abdulaziz Abdulaziz indicates that the number of participants at the rally was scaled down due to the tragic incident.
Legit.ng gathers that the event, which had President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance, was conducted in a sober atmosphere at the Muhammadu Dikko Stadium.
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APC stakeholders explained that they considered postponing the rally due to the tragic incident but decided to go ahead in order not to disappoint those who had already arrived to see President Buhari and the ruling party's presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
"We decided to go on because some people are already here, and it will be disappointing for them to come without getting to see the President and Asiwaju. But we are here to condole with you. We will be back," said Governor Atiku Bagudu.
Bandits attack: President Buhari condoles Katsina residents
In his speech, President Buhari said that despite inheriting a poorly managed country, his administration had done well in turning the party's fortunes.
He condoled the people of Katsina state over the attack by bandits, urging them to remain courageous and hopeful to defeat terror.
Tinubu vows to deal with bandits if elected
In his remarks, Tinubu saluted those who summoned the courage to attend the rally despite the sorrowful situation, just as he condoled the government and people of Katsina state.
The APC presidential candidate assured the Katsina electorate of working hard to eliminate banditry in the state.
"We will definitely deal with them. They will not go scot-free. Whether they derive some moment of joy or satisfaction, we are saying we are courageous, we are strong, we believe in Allah, and we will defeat them. They are evil. We will eliminate them," he said.
Tinubu also gave kudos to members of security establishments, assuring them that their sacrifice would be rewarded.
Don't allow PDP to come back to power, Tinubu tells supporters
Speaking further, Tinubu charged his supporters at the rally not to let what he called the "Poverty Development Party" come back to power.
"No to PDP, no to evil, no to killers," he said.
The governor of Katsina state, Aminu Masari, also warned Nigerians not to trust PDP with power again.
"They had the opportunity. They didn't do anything meaningful, and now they want to deceive. Don't fall for their sugar-coated words," he said.
2023 presidency: Buhari urges Nigerians to vote for Tinubu
In another report, President Buhari called on Nigerians to vote for the presidential candidate of the APC, Tinubu.
During his visit to Lafia, Nasarawa state capital, where he commissioned some critical projects on Saturday, February 4, President Buhari affirmed that the electorate could trust Tinubu with their votes in the February 25 poll.
The president noted that he and the former Lagos governor have been close allies for over 20 years and still counting, adding that they both weathered Nigeria's political storms together.