By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, yesterday said the All Progressive Congress (APC) will do everything possible to win the Edo governorship election, describing it as ‘an important election’.
Speaking yesterday at the APC Secretariat, after the chairman of the Caretaker committee of APC, Mai Mala Buni, inaugurated the 49-man national campaign council for the Edo Governorship election, Ganduje said the crop of members selected for the election is a clear indication that the party is ready for the election.
“The reason why I am saying this is that you know from the composition of this Committee, we have all war veteran in politics who are ready to do. We have young people who are just coming out from election and are ready to go back into the processes of election again. And we have all the horses who never missed their targets.
“So, we assure you, the composition of this campaign council is strong and we are ready to do the job. The main purpose of this committee is to provide enabling environment for all our party men and even non party men, members of the public to appreciate our party based on their conscience and based on their ideological believe that APC is the answer in Edo State.
“So we are assuring you we shall create enabling environment for a peaceful election. We know the opposition is planning to rig the election, we know their tactics, we know their methodology and we shall dismantle all their tactics to ensure that we win this election”.
Speaking further, he said there is no soft spot for anything like this, “the issue is that first of all, we know PDP made Governor Nyesome Wike their chairman, I assure you, we will isolate Wike in an isolation centre and before he recovers, the election is over.
“The PDP decided to accommodate our former Governor in Edo State not because they have anything in common, not because they share same feelings, but simply because he is managing the treasury of Edo State and they want him to use that treasury in order to win the election.
“But I assure you the people of Edo State are watching, they know that somebody who was assisted in 2016 to win an election, somebody who was given every cooperation to succeed in governance of Edo State, without doing much for the people, at the end of it, he has taken the treasury and now handed it over to PDP in order to win the election”, Ganduje said.
Inaugurating the 49-man team earlier, the Chairman of the APC caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, said the assignment before the reconciliation and campaign committee included evolving a united and peaceful APC, as well as ensuring successful renewal of the mandate by the Edo people who voted for the party in 2016.
“The mainstream of the list carefully appointed into the reconciliation and campaign council gives the party great hope and confidence that they will succeed for the party to be more united and victorious. I use this opportunity to urge you to take advantage of strong team work, reach out to strong stakeholders and pursue your assignment with all sense of purpose and commitment for the party’s success.
“I also appeal to every stakeholder and member of the party across the country to support the peace initiative of the party for the stronger, united and prosperous APC. I am to say that the caretaker committee which I am opportune to lead, appreciate wide range of consultations and this remains a major to pave way for true and sincere reconciliation”, Buni said.