Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Mr. Boss Mustapha were among many high Government functionaries that attended the flag-off ceremony of the Governorship campaign of Alhaji Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State.
Professor Osinbajo and Boss Mustapha particularly used the occasion to tell the mammoth crowd that gathered at the Olusegun Obasanjo Stadium Kaltungo, that APC is not a Muslim party and that President Muhammadu Buhari has no intention of Islamizing Nigeria.
Gombe South senatorial zone, where Kaltungo is located, is the stronghold of PDP and a multi cultural and multi religious community.
Vice-President Osinbajo told the APC supporters that APC is a party for everybody, as such, they should not be deceived that it has an Islamic agenda or that it is a terrorist party.
According to him, he is not only a Christian, but a Pastor who has worked very well with President Muhammadu Buhari whom he described as a very honest and sincere person.
While calling on the people to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and Inuwa Yahaya as the State Governor Professor Osinbajo said a vote for APC at all levels is a vote that with take the nation to the next level if the party wins.
On his part, Mr. Mustapha said if APC were a Muslim party, he would not have been part of the Government and holding a very sensitive position.
He named many other Christians holding positions in the Government to include Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachukwu; CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele; CBN Deputy Governor, Edward Adamu who is also an indigene of Kaltungo.
The Gombe State APC Governorship candidate, Alhaji Yahaya, said the people of Gombe State and especially Gombe South have suffered greatly in the hands of PDP which was the reason why they have rejected the PDP. “That is why they have come out in their numbers to show their loyalty and support for APC”, Inuwa stated.
The gathering which could be described as a gathering of who is who in the Northeast had the presence of APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, who was represented by the Deputy National Chairman, Northeast zone, Mustapha Salisu.
Other APC stalwarts who graced the occasion were the Governors of Adamawa and Bauchi, Senator Jibrila Bindow and Mohammed Abubakar. Others are, former PDP National Chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff, Senator Ali Ndume, all the nine Governorship contestants during the party’s primaries among many others.