Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State on Saturday said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was advised not to attend the campaign rally in the state on yesterday because of the state of insecurity in the area.
Speaking at a grand rally of the APC in Damaturu, the state capital, the governor explained that contrary to speculations that he was not on good terms with Buhari, the insecurity of the Maiduguri-Damaturu highway accounted for the APC flag bearer’s absence at the rally.
He said he was amused by the “fabrication of falsehood” by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party in the state that Buhari’s absence at the rally was due to the alleged sour relationship between him and the former head of state.
Gaidam, who is standing for re-election on the platform of APC, said Buhari remained the candidate with proven integrity.
“Buhari is a straight forward person, whom Nigerians will benefit from under his leadership”, he said,
He called on Nigerians to come out en mass to ensure victory for the APC during the March 28 and April 11 general elections.
The governor informed party supporters, who converged on the August 27 Stadium that despite the problem of insurgency in the state, he had performed creditably and deserved a second term in office.
He said with a renewed mandate, he would take Yobe to a new height, lamenting that the insurgency had limited the developmental strides of the state.
A former governor of the state and senator representing Yobe East, Senator Bukar Ibrahim, in his remarks at the rally said Buhari would address three things if elected president of Nigeria on March 28 – insecurity, corruption and the state of the economy.