Daura, Buhari’s Hometown, Agog For Ribadu

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Mar 13, 2011 No Comments ›› ACN (by)

Daura hometown of the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), General Muhammadu Buhari, came alive Saturday evening as the campaign team of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) presidential candidate, Nuhu Ribadu, arrived the city for an unheralded visit to the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Faruk Umar Faruk.

Scores of indigenes who had been taken by surprise by the sudden appearance of Ribadu and the ACN bigwigs, swamped the campaign tour buses and motorcade as they made their way out of the Emir’s palace chanting ‘Nigeria! Abaura Ribadu’ meaning ‘Nigeria leave it for Ribadu or Nigeria give it to Ribadu’ in Hausa language.

An excited Ribadu said of the surging crowd and spontaneous cheering: ‘I have never seen anything like this. The entire town literally came out!’ Receiving the ACN candidate, the Emir warned politicians to seek peace and avoid ‘do or die politics’. ‘All the aspirants are my sons. Anybody who wants to cause trouble for Daura  even if he is a son I would not support him.’

Earlier in the day, the former EFCC boss had held a presidential flag-off rally at the Polo Ground in Katsina. He told the enthusiastic crowd of supporters chanting ‘Nigeria! Sai Ribadu,’ the time for change had come.
He said because the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had promised and failed to deliver on too many occasions, it could not be the solution to Nigeria’s problems. ‘We’ll be honest and use the resources that God has blessed Nigeria with for the benefit of the common man,’ he promised.

Explaining why he chose the former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) Plc, Tajudeen Fola Adeola, as running mate, he said he wanted someone who could step in and take over as president in a crisis. ‘The basic consideration was competence not just picking someone to represent South-South or Christians or Muslims.’

Also speaking at the rally, national leader of ACN, former Lagos Governor, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, blasted the PDP for widening the gap between the rich and poor in the last 12 years. Party chairman, Chief Bisi Akande blamed the ruling party for ‘bastardising and destroying education and agriculture in Katsina.’

The Katsina rally attracted party stalwarts from across the country  among them former Jigawa State Governor, Saminu Turaki, former chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Alhaji Yusuf Alli, former Minister for Labour, Musa Gwadabe, ACN National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed among others.

The Katsina leg of the rally which witnessed the presentation of party flag to the gubernatorial candidate, Dr. Usman Bugaje, was rounded off with a courtesy call on the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Abdulmumuni Kabir Usman.

The Nation

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