Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has said the mammoth crowd that graced the PDP’s rally in Sokoto was instilling fear in the minds of Governor Nasir El-Rufai and other APC chieftains.
El-Rufai had claimed that the main opposition PDP rented supporters from neighbouring Niger Republic to attend its Northwest rally.
But Tambuwal, speaking through his Special Adviser on Public Enlightenment and Mobilisation, Akibu Dalhatu, said Rufai’s comment was a proof that the APC and its leadership were shocked by the huge turnout.
He said: “El-Rufai 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 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 North-West people that he and his party begged for support in 2015, but because of the failure of APC government, incessant hunger and poverty all over the region, that have made them to defect to PDP. He is now calling them foreigners.
“What scared El-Rufai and his co-travellers was the success recorded at the Sokoto PDP campaign rally.
“The Sokoto gathering no doubt instilled fear in the minds of El-Rufai 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 North West including El-Rufai’s own state of Kaduna.”