How Doma Stood Still For Gov Sule, As APC Receives More Decampees

More and more members of the opposition political parties in Nasarawa State continue to troop to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in deference to the all embracing, all inclusive and development oriented leadership style of Engineer Abdullahi Sule.

Engineer Sule was at hand to receive into the APC, Hon. Mohammed Okpede, two-term state legislator under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Hon. Hassan Sadiq, Secretary of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and their hordes of supporters, in Doma Local Government Area, during the campaign rally, in Doma, on Tuesday.

This is just as the entire ancient town of Doma stood still for the Governor as residents trooped out in droves to accord Engineer Sule and his entourage warm reception that many said was unprecedented.

Engineer Sule attributed the support and admiration being shown by the people of Doma, to the dividends of democracy delivered by the APC government manifested in the roads across most parts of the town.

The Governor, while speaking at the rally, said the APC government has done so much for Doma and as such the people have no option than to support the party.

“I have to Doma to thank the people of Doma, beginning with the elders of Doma. I have come to Doma to also thank the people of Doma for what they have always done for the APC and what they will do for APC in 2023. This rally can only be compared to the rally in Akwanga.

“Today, most of the roads we followed in Doma are the roads done by the APC government. The PDP has been in power for long but have not constructed one kilometer of road for all these years. The people of Doma should have no other choice than our party,” he stated.

He assured that, if elected for a second term, his administration will build more roads in Doma Local Government Area, particularly completing the triangular road linking Rukubi, Idadu with Agbashi, with the Idadu/Agbashi stretch already ongoing.

Engineer Sule also assured that, the national assembly members representing Nasarawa South, have taken it upon their selves to facilitate the construction of the road linking Lafia/Doma/Rutu/Keffi/ Abuja.

He disclosed further that, with the establishment of teaching hospital in Lafia, his administration will restructure all the hospitals and to bring a beffiting medical facility to Doma to provide the rising population with adequate health care service.

Engineer Sule used the opportunity of the rally, to reiterate on the cordial relationship existing between him and his immediate predecessor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, stressing that he will work hard to ensure Senator Al-makura returns to the senate for a second term.

“It’s because of my nature that I don’t forget good things done to me, that’s why I believe, my mentor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, came out here and told you that no matter what happens, you will not hear any argument between A. A Sule and Tanko Al-makura. It will not happen,” he stated.

The Governor promised that his administration will continue to do everything possible to support young people of Doma, adding that, already 2000 women are billed to be assisted with capital to start their own business, at an event that will hold on Friday.

“We have already entered into an agreement with the Bank of Industry so that the youths can access working capital in form of a facility so that they can start their businesses. We will continue to promote education, we will promote good healthcare, we will promote industrialization,” the Governor said.

He thanked the organizers of the event in Doma, while calling on the people to reject the opposition who have nothing to offer but empty, unrealistic promises.

In a goodwill message, immediate past governor of the state. Senator Umaru Tanko Al-makura, extolled the leadership qualities of Engineer Abdullahi Sule, adding that since his assumption of office in 2019, the Governor has brought his vast knowledge and experience to not only build on where his predecessors stopped but introduce meaningful innovations in the administration of hhe state.

While noting that, the APC remains the only option that will bring about development and peaceful co-existence in the state, Senator Al-makura urged the people to shun purveyors of falsehood and acrimony, who are bent on spreading lies and distorted messages.

He said the APC administration in the state has since realized the significance of peace, without which there won’t be development.

“Together with A. A Sule we have since realized this and understood the need to ensure we wok to bring about lasting peace in order for the people to go about their activities without hindrance. Now we can boast of having a military barrack in Doma which was facilitated by my administration and which Engineer Sule has improved,” he said.

He particularly commended the Governor for completing the projects initiated by past governments, stressing that governance is not possible without continuity.

Senator Al-makura then urged the people to vote APC from top to bottom, adding that, both the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Engineer Sule, share similar leadership qualities and can be trusted to deliver on their mandates.

Al-makura also commended Engineer Sule for demonstrating remarkable patience which saw him retain his deputy for a record second term.

In his speech at the rally, state Chairman of the APC, Chief John Mamman, restated the vote of confidence by the party on the Governor, adding that, the tumultuous crowd that turned up to receive the campaign team, is a manifestation of the trust of the people on Engineer Sule’s good governance.

Chief Mamman assured the people of the state that Engineer Sule, if elected into office again, will further entrench his idealogy of continuity, which was visibly demonstrated in breaking a jinx by retaining his Deputy, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe, for a record second term.

“The party has passed vote of confidence severally in the past and present. Today, we are passing vote of confidence on your governance, on your character, on your style of administration and the way you are carrying everybody along. You did it before you became Governor, you are doing it now that you are Governor and I am sure you will do more when you become Governor in 2023,” he stated.

Speaking on behalf of women of the area, Victoria Apawa, national president of Alago women association, called on women to ensure they obtained their PVCs to enable them vote in the 2023 general election.

Apawa said because of the introduction of technology in the voting process, women must turn up in their numbers to vote for the APC from top to bottom.

While appreciating Engineer Sule for his women development initiatives, the Alago woman leader particularly thanked the Governor for retaining Dr Emmanuel Akabe as his running mate in the 2023 general election.

Commenting on the massive turnout of people of Doma to receive Engineer Abdullahi Sule and his entourage, Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Addra, said the turnout was a manifestation of the love the people of the area have for Engineer Sule and his administration.

“We have come to realize as a people that the administration of Engineer Sule has been one that cares for the people, we recognize the special place that Doma occupies in the heart of Engineer Sule.

“There may be a pocket of opposition in the past, I guess the realization now is that people are beginning to understand gradually that this is where to go.

“We have resolved not to hand over Nasarawa State to beginners, learners. Nasarawa State is not for experiment. We have chosen and decided that Engineer Sule is our candidate for 2023. And we will do everything possible to ensure that he returns as the Governor in 2023,” the CPS added.

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