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APC stakeholders in Kano endorse President Buhari, Ganduje for second term; President directs crack down on drug traffickers; Holds Town Hall Meeting

President Buhari, as part of his visit, held a Town Hall Meeting with Community Leaders in Kano State on 7th Dec 2017. Pictures show the President with Business Mogul and Elder Statesman Alhaji Aminu Dantata, Chairman Senate Committee on Works Senator Kabiru Gaya, Governor Ganduje of Kano State, Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi, Chairman BUA Cement Company Abdulsamad Rabiu and others.

Stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State on Thursday adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate for the 2019 general elections.
The party leaders, according to a statement by Garba Shehu, Senior Special Adviser to the President, Media & Publicity, also expressed their commitment and support to Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje as their sole candidate for 2019.
President Buhari did not say he accepted, nor did he decline to accept the endorsement in his speech even after the party leaders promised to procure the nomination forms for him and threatened to sue if he declined the said endorsement.
President Buhari merely beamed with smiles and went on to underscore the need for unity in the party and among the diverse peoples of Nigeria.
The APC stakeholders meeting, held on the margins of the President’s state visit to Kano, was attended by Governor Ganduje, his deputy, Professor Hafizu Abubakar, the state Chairman and the members of the state executive committee and members of the national executive committee of the party from Kano State.
Also in attendance were two of the state’s senators; members of the House of Representatives from the state; the Speaker and 34 of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly and the 44 party Chairmen, their deputies and the Local Government Area secretaries of the APC.
Others are Governor Muhammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa and other leaders of the party in the state.
The State Chairman of the APC, Alhaji Inuwa Abbas hinged their endorsement of the President on his achievements in the last two years especially in the fields of security, the war against corruption and the restructuring of the economy.
“Security is important for everyone, not just for Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states.
‘‘It even more so for us as a commercial and industrial state. We are convinced that you are best for these times when the country has begun to muster energy and resources to develop agriculture, infrastructure and empower the younger citizens,” Abbas said.
Speaking on a humorous note, Governor Ganduje said the party was prepared to drag the President to court to force his acceptance of the second term ticket.
In his response, President Buhari said he understood the clamour by the ordinary people on the streets who raised four fingers on each arm, ”meaning four-plus-four”.
He, however, stressed the need to sanitize party politics by ridding it of vote buying and violence.
“What I saw in the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers, the use of money and those headless bodies really upset me. I don’t wish to see that anywhere. I would not have won if money and killing was the modus of operation. That is my view of politics,” the President said.
President Buhari has also instructed law enforcement agencies to deal decisively with all those who import, distribute and sell illicit drugs in the country.
Speaking at an interactive meeting with religious leaders in Kano, on Thursday, in the course of his two-day State visit, the President expressed concern about the growing problem of drugs abuse in the country.
He strongly assured the religious leaders that his administration is determined to do something urgent to deal with the narcotics challenge facing the country.
“The Customs is already doing a good job and I’m happy that I got someone who is efficient, strong and trusted to lead it in the person of Hameed Ali, a former governor of Kaduna State.
‘‘I have charged them and other law enforcement agencies to go after those trafficking in illicit drugs that are causing much harm especially among young people,” he said.
President Buhari also assured the religious leaders that the war against corruption will be prosecuted with the highest regards to due process and respect for human rights.
He asked Nigerians to be patient on this issue, saying that as an elected President he was bound to follow the constitution.
“When I came in uniform as military Head of State, we locked every suspect in Kirikiri prisons until they proved that they were not guilty.
‘‘Under the constitution, everyone is innocent until proven guilty. That is the constitution and we will abide by it,” he stressed.
Reaffirming his strong support for the proposed anti-corruption courts, the President said to strengthen judicial integrity and the rule of law, such courts must be manned by “incorruptible judges.”
President Buhari used the occasion to counsel leaders to rise to the challenge of the country’s growing youth population.
“Leaders at every level must pay attention to this. We must give everything we have including education, vocational skills and training for our large youth population so that they can grow to be responsible citizens,” he said.
On the provision of infrastructure, the President restated that his administration will ensure increased investment in infrastructure across the country to stimulate the economy and job creation.
He praised the Chinese government for providing the funds for some ongoing projects in the country including railways, roads and the Mambilla hydro-power project.
The President welcomed the suggestion from some of the religious leaders for the setting up of a religious advisory committee made up of Muslim and Christian leaders to meet periodically to advise the government.

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