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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – The capital city of Niger State, Minna, North-Central Nigeria came to a standstill for President Buhari and Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, on Sunday, August 5, 2018, when stakeholders and supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC) in their thousands thronged the major highways in the city to show support for continuity of the duo come 2019.
According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Jibrin Ndace, thousands of party faithful and members of the public took to the major highways in Minna, the state capital to welcome the Governor in a show of solidarity.
The Governor who had attended the 60th Passing Out Parade of the Nigerian Military School, (NMS), Zaria; Reunion and 34th Graduation Anniversary of NMS’79 set Ex-Boys in Kaduna State, North-West, Nigeria on Saturday returned to Minna on Sunday to a tumultuous crowd of party supporters and well wishers in solidiarity and to endorse him for continuity.
“The dual carriage Minna-Suleja Road and major roads in the state capital were practically on standstill for over hours as vehicular movement was grounded to a halt.
“Received at the NNPC Pogo Depot station, about 15 kilometers to Minna by his Deputy, Alhaji Ahmed Ketso, the state Chairman of the ruling APC, Engr. Jibrin Imam, top party chieftains, members of the state executive council and supporters from the 25 local government areas of the state.
“A fifteen minute trip from Pogo, a suburb of the state capital took the governor and his convoy over four hours as various groups, associations, market men and women as well as the commercial motorcycle operators, residents and supporters took over the ever busy road to lead the governor to Government House.
“The elated governor had to stand on his car to acknowledge cheers and solidarity slogans by party supporters during the road show solidarity rally by his people.
“Earlier at New Wuse, in Tafa Local Government Area of the state, party loyalists stopped the governor’s convoy at the old toll gate to recieve the governor and to pledge their loyalty and support for his second term.
“Also at Maje, in Suleja Local Government Area, thousands of party supporters and residents thronged out in large numbers to pledge their support for the governor. Poster carrying supporters from Gurara and Paiko room local government areas of the state also lined the major road at various points to welcome the governor.
“Majority of the supporters acknowledged the achievements and giant strides recorded in Governor Sani Bello’s administration and pledged their full support for him as he seeks for re-election in 2019.
“While speaking to newsmen new at the Government House, Governor Sani-Bello again reiterated his commitment to the All Progressive Congress, debunking the rumour that he had plan to defect from the party.
“He emphasized that he remained a bona fide and committed member of the APC and is in full support of re-electing President Mohammadu Buhari in 2019.
“The Governor who made it known to supporters that APC is growing bigger as it is receiving new members, called on the supporters to ensure that they acquire their Permanent Voters Card to enable them vote in the upcoming elections.
“Governor Sani-Bello then appealed to the people to remain patient as the government is doing its best to ensure development in all sectors.
“The Governor who expressed joy in the way the supporters came out en mass to show solidarity, called for more support from the people ahead of the forthcoming elections and expressed optimism that the APC would rule again at all levels of government come 2019,” he said.