The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has vowed to protect the mandate of the party in Nasarawa State, insisting that it won the 2023 gubernatorial election.
Ganduje disclosed this while speaking at a reception organised in honour of the Nasarawa State Chairman of the APC, Aliyu Bello, at the City Hall in Lafia.
Ganduje, who was represented at the event by Alhaji Muazu Rijau, National Vice Chairman (North Central), said, “We have won the election, and we shall protect our mandate. There is no doubt about it. Nasarawa State belongs to APC, and APC belongs to Nasarawa State. We are in charge, and we will continue to be in charge by the grace of God.”
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule; his immediate predecessor, Senator Umaru Tanko Al-Makura; Senator Ahmed Aliyu Wadada (Nasarawa West), among other dignitaries, eulogised the leadership qualities of Bello.
Gov Sule said that Nasarawa only began to witness genuine development in 2011 after the coming of the defunct Congress Progressives Change (CPC) which merged with other parties to form the APC.
He said, “The presence of everyone that I have seen here makes it easier for us to be able to achieve our goals. In reality, APC is Aliyu Bello, and Aliyu Bello is APC.”
Senator Al-Makura on his part said considering Bello’s trajectory and pedigree, Nasarawa State couldn’t have a better APC chairman at the moment.
While calling on members of the party to cooperate and support Bello, Al-Makura used the opportunity to call on the people to shun rumour mongering and acts capable of causing disunity within the party.