—-Amosun boasts of APC victory in 2019 despite defections
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – GOVERNORS Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, and Simon Lalong of Plateau State as well as the former governor of Abia, Orji Uzor Kalu on Wednesday paid Sallah homage to President Muhammadu Buhari in Daura, Katsina State.
This is as governor Amosun has boasted that despite the gale of defection the hit the All Progressives Congress, APC, the party was sure of victory in the 2019 elections.
The two serving governors and Kalu met with the president separately behind closed doors at the president’s private residence.
Speaking to newsmen after the meeting, Gov. Amosun said he was in Daura to greet the President in the spirit of the Sallah celebration.
According to him, “It is just part of what we should do during celebration like this – to come and just say `hello’ to our leader.
“People are waiting for me back home, they have been with me since day before yesterday, throughout yesterday, early this morning and I had to sneak out to come and just say `hello’ to Mr President.’’
He described Ogun state as “almost a one party state’’, reassuring that the APC will record impressive electoral results in 2019.
Also speaking to journalists, Lalong, said he used the opportunity to share the Sallah festivities with President Buhari and the Daura Emirate Council.
He said, “This is my first time of spending Sallah (holiday) in Daura and so I used the opportunity to do Sallah with Mr President in Daura and also to enjoy some good meats.
“I also used the opportunity to do Sallah with the Emir of Daura because the Emir is like a father to me.”
The governor enjoined all Nigerians to come together and promote the virtues of unity and peaceful co-existence, and to always avoid acts capable creating socio-political unrest in the country.
He expressed satisfaction with the current security architecture put in place in the state.
The former Abia State governor, Orji Kalu, while speaking to journalists after meeting behind closed doors with the President, called on Nigerians to continue to support the Buhari administration to enable it deliver on all its promises to the citizens.
Kanu, who was turbaned as ‘Danbaiwan Hausa’ by the Emir of Daura, Alhaji Farouk Umar, lauded President Buhari for implementing programmes and policies aimed at transforming the nation’s economy for the good of all citizens.
President Buhari also met behind closed doors with all his family members from within and outside the state at his residence in Daura on Wednesday.