President elect, retired General Muhammadu Buhari, was in Adamawa, Bauchi and Gombe States yesterday in continuation of his Town Hall meetings.
He reiterated his resolve to lead a transparent administration, saying he would not allow plundering of government treasury or bending of rules to favour his family or friends.
Speaking at a meeting of APC stakeholders in Yola, Buhari said the fact that his wife was from Adamawa State would not translate to an undue advantage to the state from the central government.
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“I am your in law but when it comes to allocation of national resources, I will be just and fair to all. Whatever Adamawa gets, other states will get”, he said.
Buhari promised to be prudent in the management of the nation’s resources, vowing to deal with dishonest officials who might want to short-change the people.
“I will never short-change the people or allow anybody to short-change them”, he added.
He charged the electorate to vote for the APC governorship candidate in the state, Senator Jibrilla Bindow and candidates for the state House of Assembly to consolidate the support he needs for smooth running of government.
There was a surprise presence of some key PDP chieftains at the APC meeting. Among them were the PDP candidates for Adamawa Southern Senatorial Zone and Central Zone, Senator Jonathan Zwingina and Dr. Idi Hong and others who defected to the APC.
In Bauchi, Buhari thanked the people whom he described as special to him for not only supporting him but also honouring him by voting for the APC in the March 28 presidential and National Assembly elections.
He said he was in the state to express appreciation for their support, condole with families who lost relations during the elections and to seek support for APC candidates.
“I also want you to support the APC gubernatorial candidate in the state and those running for legislative seats”, he said, adding that he would not betray the trust and confidence reposed in him by the masses of the country. He assured that the in-coming administration would do everything possible not to disappoint Nigerians.
The APC gubernatorial candidate in Bauchi, Barrister Mohammed Abubakar, expressed delight for the support given to the party in the presidential election.
He said the predicament Bauchi was facing could only be tackled with the support of the federal government, hence the need to vote for APC candidates.
In Gombe, Buhari warned security agencies to desist from being used by politicians to harass and intimate innocent citizens.
He gave the warning during a condolence visit to the emir and people of Gombe State over the death of some people, including INEC officials, during the attack on Dukku and Nafada during the March 28 elections.
“The issue of security agencies is one we will pay attention to when we come on board. They are being employed, trained and given weapons to defend and protect the citizenry and not to harass, intimidate or allow themselves to be used by anybody,” he said.
Earlier, Senator Mohammed Danjuma Goje alleged that security agents were being used to harass and intimidate APC members in the state. He said he was kept under house arrest for over nine hours at Kashere by the military immediately after casting his vote on March 28.
“We call on the president elect to warn security agents to desist from being used by the ruling party in the state to harass, intimidate and molest our members,” he said.
Buhari thanked people of the state for voting the APC on March 28 and urged them to extend same goodwill to the APC gubernatorial and House of Assembly candidates on Saturday.
He said doing that would give him and others the power and courage to bring the desired change Nigerians have been yearning for.
Buhari also received some decampees including retired Major General Timothy Shelpidi and Shuaibu Galadima, the member representing Yamaltu Deba federal constituency who defected to the APC from the PDP. Earlier, the Emir of Gombe, Shehu Abubakar Shehu, had thanked the president-elect for the visit and wished him success in his tenure.
Source: Daily Trust