2015: Stop Beating War Drums, APC Tells Bafarawa

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The Sokoto state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday asserted that Governor Aliyu Wamakko was not perturbed by the recent declaration of war on him by his predecessor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa.
It also warned Bafarawa to desist forthwith from beating the drums of war, saying politics was not a do-or-die affair but about development.
The former governor had, while addressing hundreds of students in Sokoto recently, declared war on Wamakko, saying the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would mobilise students and youths to ensure APC’s defeat in 2015.
Speaking with THISDAY in Sokoto yesterday, the Assistant Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Alhaji Babangida Kakaki, emphasised that Wamakko would not lose sleep over the machinations of Bafarawa and the leadership of the PDP in the state.
According to him, no amount of gang-up would deter Wamakko from executing programmes aimed at uplifting the living standards of the people. He described Bafarawa’s asinine attacks on the incumbent governor as an exercise in futility borne out of petty jealousy which was of no effect whatsoever.
“Wamakko is not disturbed by the unguarded utterances made by Bafarawa against him. He cannot lose sleep over such attacks that are borne out of envy on the tremendous achievements recorded by the present administration. The governor is preoccupied with the task of meeting the yearnings and aspirations of the people of Sokoto and has no time to listen to such idle talk,” he said.
He maintained that Wamakko has brought transformation in Sokoto in the last seven years, especially in the areas of education, water supply, roads, housing and health.
On the allegation that Wamakko failed to pay registration fees of students in the state, Kakaki described it as false, pointing out that the state government had settled the registration fees of its students studying at the Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto.
He said the present administration had sponsored hundreds of students on scholarship abroad and also paid registration fees of indigenes studying in various tertiary institutions in the country.
The APC chieftain noted that the state government established a state university and also constructed over 1,500 houses for civil servants in the state in the last seven years, which was unprecedented.
He cautioned those beating war drums in the state to desist forthwith, as politics is not a do or die affair but an opportunity to serve the people.
Kakaki reminded the former governor of APC’s landslide victory in the recent local government elections in Kano state, saying the same thing would repeat itself in Sokoto in 2015.
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