The People Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the claims by the governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-rufa’i, that the party hired supporters from Niger Republic during the flag off of the Atiku/Obi Northwest Presidential campaign in Sokoto, describing the claims as “nothing but blatant lie”.
In a statement signed by Hon Akibu Dalhatu, the Special Adviser to the Governor of Sokoto State on Public Enlightenment and Mobilization, which was made available to Naija News, the party said that El-Rufai’s claim was an evident of political frightening and an attempt to score cheap political goals.”
According to Dalhatu, the massive crowd that graced PDP’s Northwest rally was enough prove that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is experiencing a slow and steady death in Sokoto and other part of the country.
He added that APC misfortune was inevitable because of its perpetual failure, bad leadership, massive corruption, failure to end terrorism and other security challenges bedeviling our nation since the inception of Buhari’s administration in 2015.
The Statement reads further: “For the purpose of setting the record straight, El-rufa’i should not forget so soon that his hands were deeply involved in messing up of the present administration as a result of his bad governance and policies as a governor of Kaduna state, through mass sacking of innocent primary school teachers, unnecessary demolition of peoples landed properties, disregards and disrespects to traditional rulers, Northern elders, leaders and other respected institutions, escalation of insecurity, refusal to obey the court orders and rule of law among several others.
“El-Rufai is coldhearted. It was the same Northwest people that he and his party begged for support in 2015, but because the failure of APC government, incessant hunger and poverty all over the region, that have made them to decamped to PDP, He is now calling them foreigners.
“What scared El-rufa’i and his co-travellers was the success recorded at the Sokoto PDP campaign rally. The Sokoto gathering no doubt instilled fair in the minds of El-rufa’i and his cohorts so much that in their wildest imagination their party, the APC will fight it impossible to record a replica of such mammoth crowd in any state of the Northwest including El-rufa’I’s own state of Kaduna. We therefore challenge El-rufa’i and APC to do same if at all they can in any of the state in Northwest.
“With Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal at the helm of affairs as Governor of Sokoto state and campaign coordinator of PDP in Northwest, El-rufa’i will receive the shock of his life in Kaduna state and entire Northwest during the fourth coming general election.
“Tambuwal as master political strategist who became second during the Presidential primaries of PDP will defeat APC hands down and deliver the entire Northwest to PDP because of massive support, love and loyalty of the people of the Northwest to him.
“Governor Tambuwal appreciate the political courage of the entire people of Northwest, their support and loyalty to PDP and sincerely thanks them and appeal to them to come out en masse during the forthcoming general election to lead PDP to victory