The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu arrived in Kaduna State for the North-West flag-off of the party’s presidential and governorship campaign rally in Kaduna on Tuesday, December 12, 2022.
The APC flag bearer was accompanied by his running mate, Senator Kashim Shettima, the Director General of APC Presidential Campaign Council and Governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong, the Governors of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje, Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu and Jigawa, Abubakar Badaru.
They were received at the Dana Airport in Kaduna by Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the state APC governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani among other top Kaduna state government officials.
Following his arrival in Kaduna, the former Lagos State governor proceeded to Birnin Gwari Local Government Area, one of the councils ravaged by insurgency and banditry.
He is visiting the area to commiserate with the victims of attacks and also get a piece of first-hand information on the devastation of the attacks.
Tinubu is embarking on the two and half hours trip to Birnin Gwari by road, amidst tight security.
He is accompanied by Governor Nasir El-Rufai, the Kaduna State APC governorship candidate, Senator Uba Sani, and members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
In a related development, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal has once again distanced himself from the presidential ambition of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar.
He insisted that he would not support Atiku in the 2023 election.
According to Lawal, Atiku’s emergence as president would amount to another Muslim Fulani president taking over from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The former SGF noted that Atiku taking over from Buhari in 2023 will amount to ethnic domination. Lawal who had earlier expressed his support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, reaffirmed his support.
The former SGF in a statement released on Monday in Abuja dismissed the report that he has dumped Obi for Atiku.
The statement reads, “I have just seen trending news that I have abandoned Peter Obi to work for Atiku Abubakar.
There is nothing far from the truth as this. I have never contemplated joining PDP since its formation as I view the PDP as the worst form of a collection of oligarchs and reactionaries.
“Besides, I find myself every year battling Fulani herdsmen determined to have their animals invade my farms and eat up my crops every year. This is aside from their determination to take over the ancestral farmlands of my kinsmen as they do everywhere in the North. All these they do in a cavalier manner while their elite kinsmen dominant in the government keep mute.
“Moreover, I view a transition of government from one Muslim Fulani President to another as the worst form of Muslim-Muslim ticket. It also represents ethnic domination by one ethnic group over others. I remain a Peter Obi diehard. Any news to the contrary is fake news.”