By Amuda Dan Sulaiman FAB
Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has floated a socio-political pressure group called ‘Team Ramatu’ of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State through which she mobilizes grassroots support for the re-election of Governor Yahaya Bello and Deputy Governor, Chief Edward David Onoja.
The group, yesterday commenced door to door campaign at the ten wards in Lokoja local government area for the re-election bid of Governor Bello in the November 16 governorship election.
Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu who led the campaign train was given a rousing welcome as residents of the communities thronged the streets shouting “Sai Bello! Sai Bello!’’.
She went from one corner of the communities to another campaigning from house to house while excited supporters surged to follow her around.
Addressing an enthusiastic crowd at the Children Amusement Park, Lokoja, where she distributed food items and textile materials, the Minister bellowed APC! APC! APC! while the crowd chorused Next Level! , as many times as she mentioned APC.
She then started with a song “We are going higher, higher; we are going higher, higher…”
She said she was very excited to be in the midst of the people.
“ I am very happy to be here with you; I want to thank every one of you for the very warm welcome. All of us are going higher.
“I want you to believe that Governor Yahaya Bello is going to do even better.
“We have to create more jobs for all these young people; we have to give our market women financial assistance so that they can do more business.
“We came to meet you where you are; to hear from you. This state will become better and better; by the grace of God. All of us who are here will prosper in this state.
She said she was in the community to assure them that Bello would perform better if re-elected.
“Our state can feed all of us and we can find work for everybody because we have the money.
“So, I want you to do that. I want you all, everybody who is here, please, make sure that you vote for Governor Yahaya Bello.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the campaign, the Minister explained that the membership of the group, which literally means ‘Standing firm for Bello’ is open to all APC members in the state.
She said the campaign train have for about a week traversed the various Local Government Areas in the state where they mobilized grassroots support for Bello.
Speaking further on why the group is supporting Bello, Dr. Aliyu said: “We want to be on the side of history; we want to be on the side of victory because in years to come, we will look back and we want our children and our grandchildren to say that this was the moment when the Kogites got its act together, united and followed a path of victory and a path of sustainable development,” she said.
Hajiya Rashida Bello, wife of governor Yahaya Bello, House of Assembly member representing Lokoja 1 constituency, Comrade Isah Umar, Lokoja local government area Sole Administrator, Hon. Muhammed Dan’asabe Muhammed, the Executive Chairman, Kogi State SUBEB, Comrade Sulaiman Abdullahi Ndalayi and former Administrator, Lokoja local government area, Hon. Lawal Shiru were among other APC faithful in the campaign train.
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