BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State yesterday gave N5 million for onward distribution to supporters of Hon. Mohammed Makinta, one of the gubernatorial aspirant who lost out in the All Progressive Congress (APC) indirect primaries which saw professor Babagana Umar Zulum as Candidate.
Addressing the Makinta Solidarity Group (MSG) at the Government House led by the guber aspirant to show their support to professor Zulum and all other candidates on the platform of the ruling APC in the 2019 general elections, Shettima said, it is God that gives power to whom He wished, adding that unity among the entire members of the party irrespective of what happened is very paramount for the success/victory at the polls.
Shettima said, although, there are many Organizations, Groups, or Associations who have shown their full support to President Muhammadu Buhari #4+4# Next Level in the state, he is more convinced and reliable on Makinta Solidarity Group than any other political groups in the state, stressing that some of the groups claimed to be in support of President Buhari and the APC led -Government are fake.
The governor while analysing the good qualities of professor Zulum as APC guber Candidate told the gathering that even the opposition PDP gubernatorial candidate, Alhaji Mohammed Imam will vote for Zulum if given the chance of voting for a credible candidate in the likes of Professor Zulum.
He insisted that time is ripe for all supporters of the APC to come together, unite as one big family to vote for all the candidates of the ruling party in the forthcoming general elections.
Shettima who admitted that during his first and second tenure which will soon come to an end, has in one way or the other offended some electorates, however noted that as humane, he is bound to make mistake(s), and appealed to those who have not benefitted nothing from his governmen.
His words: ” I want to thank Hon. Makinta and his teaming supporters who have come here to give their Solidarity and pledged for working together as a team to deliver all our candidates come out victorious at the forthcoming polls.
“There are many political groups who have come out and pledged to work for the victory of our great party in the state, but most of these groups are fake, as I am more convinced and confident on the Makinta Solidarity Group (MSG).
” As leaders, I cannot pretend to be hundred percent perfect, may in the course of discharging my duties as Governor of Borno State for the past seven years, I might have offended one person or the other amongst you in terms of denying you appointment as Commissioner, Special Adviser or any other political positions, but one important thing is that all of us cannot be in positions.
“Therefore, I want to appealed to all those who felt aggrieved to please forgive and forget the past, let us team up together for the good of our great ruling party.
” With Professor Zulum as our incoming governor by God Grace (Insha Allah), our ship is not a sinking one, therefore, i am calling on the good people of Borno State to put sentiments aside and vote wisely.
Professor Zulum as you all know was our former Commissioner for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (RRR), this is the pesron who have handled billions of naira during the reconstruction of oir destrpyed communities, but did not a house of his own. Presently, one his wife resides at University of Maiduguri Staff quarters, while i had to order for the breakdown of one of the houses allocated to one big man at the 777 housing estate to accommodate the other wife of the Professor.” Shettima said.
Shettima therefore stressed that with Professor Zulum as Governor, Borno people would be in a better and trusted hands God willing.