Polls: In video message, Gov. Shettima thanks Borno people

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Governor Kashim Shettima expresses appreciation to the people of Borno State over the conduct of Saturday’s election and the victory of APC candidates.

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In a video message released from the Government House, Governor Shettima thanked the people for voting APC candidates, Muhammadu Buhari, three senators including the Governor and 10 members of House of Representatives. The Governor gave assurance that himself, Senators Mohammed Ali Ndume and Abubakar Kyari as well as the 10 representatives will defend and promote the interest of Borno State at the 9th national assembly. The Governor, who congratulated APC members for the victory, reminded them of what he called a bigger task ahead in relation to the Governorship and state Assembly elections scheduled for 9th of March, 2019. He said even though the APC has in Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, a popular choice across party lines, there is need to approach the next election with every seriousness. He said the party will work hard to deliver higher votes for Professor Zulum and the 28 state Assembly candidates of the APC. He called on Borno people to safeguard their permanent voters cards ahead of the governorship and state Assembly elections.

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See below, full text of the Governor’s message to Borno people.

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Fellow citizens of Borno State,

I want to convey my deepest gratitude to the good people of State. My first gratitude is to everyone who took part in last Saturday’s Presidential and national assembly elections. I particularly commend all those who went to polling units in the exercise of their democratic rights by voting candidates of their choices. I thank all voters regardless of who they voted for. I salute all those who worked hard in making it possible for citizens to exercise their voting rights in Borno State. On behalf of our party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, I will like to convey our deepest gratitude to all citizens who voted for our candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari. What was evident from the results declared, was that votes for President Buhari were across party lines. I am sure that these votes once again reaffirm our confidence in the President and they strengthen our hope and believe that his Presidency will continue its determined efforts to bring the Boko Haram crisis to the end we desperately wish to see.

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It is common knowledge that for President Buhari to succeed, he needs supportive national assembly members and I can assure you, the good people of Borno State, that by electing me, Mohammed Ali Ndume and Abubakar Kyari as Senators for Borno Central, Borno South and Borno north, you have elected defenders and promoters of Borno’s interest. We shall, insha’Allah, stand for the good of Borno. I am confident the same burning spirit in us is shared by the 10 members of House of Representatives you have just elected. I am profoundly grateful to you, the good people of Borno State for electing all of us. I assure you that insha’Allah, you will not regret choosing us as your representatives in the 9th national assembly.

To members of our party, the APC, I understand we are celebrating the victory bestowed on us by Allah through the will of Borno people. Our victory is certainly well deserved.

In the midst of our victory however, I will likely to quickly remind us that we have a bigger task coming our way in few days time.
The Governorship and state Assembly elections are scheduled for Saturday, the 9th of March, 2019.

It is clear that we have in Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, a very popular governorship candidate that has earned unanimous acceptability across party lines in Borno State. However, we must approach the governorship with no less commitment than we gave before, during and after Saturday’s election. We must work incredibly hard to mobilize and deliver higher votes for our governorship and national assembly candidates. Our goal is to deliver Professor Babagana Umara Zulum and our 28 state Assembly candidates with resounding victories.

I am confident that the good people of Borno State will once again trust us with overwhelming votes for all APC candidates. On our part, we shall strive to continually improve on the quality of our services so as to continually deliver the good governance that you, the people of Borno State demand and deserve.

On final note, I once again convey to you, the good people of Borno State, our profound gratitude for voting enmass for candidates of the APC last Saturday.

I urge you, the good people, to safeguard your Permanent Voters Cards in readiness to mobilize for a stronger outing to elect all candidates of the APC on Saturday the 9th of March, 2019. The APC is deeply committed to serving you and we shall insha’Allah, uphold your trust for the peace, recovery and sustainable growth of Borno State.

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