Colors, pageantry, and breathtaking crowd define the moment as party supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno state thronged the largest civic center to attend the 2023 campaign flag off of Governor Babagana Zulum.
Mr. Zulum has presided over the affairs of the conflict-wrecked state since May 2019 when he secured a popular mandate to govern the state for four years.
Though the governor assumed the seat of power with a clear track record of performance in his previous offices as Rector Ramat Polytechnic and first commissioner of RRR, his unprecedented performances in the last three and half years have left many Nigerians spellbound and amazed.
A youth leader of the party, who spoke at the grand rally that attracted the majority of the who-is-who of politics in Borno, said “the mammoth crowd is a testimony of how the people have appreciated the sacrifices of the governor for the state.
The deputy national chairman of the APC in the northern part of Nigeria said “Governor Zulum will be campaigning on his record of achievements”, as the gathering at the rally was a “formality to justify political righteousness.”
Former Governors of Borno, Maina Maaji Lawan and Ali Modu Sheriff added color to the rally as they turned up to hail the accomplishments of their predecessors.
The former army chief, Lt General Tukur Burata, the chairman of TETFUND, Kashim Shettima, the minister of agriculture, Mustapha Baba Shehuri, and many other speakers graced the public dias to hail the accomplishments of the governor whom they said deserves a second term.
Governor Zulum said he has so far delivered a cluster of over 600 mega projects in his three-and-a-half years in office.
The governor said when votes to power in 2023 he would do more especially in bettering the lives of people affected by the Boko Haram conflict.
“Every member of the APC should be proud of what we have achieved so far, but we still have more work to be done in the area of a humanitarian crisis,” he said.
He said he would work in line with the ten year strategic plan and 25 years developmental plan.
The governor called for politics without bickering stressing that “we may belong to different political parties but cannot afford to create permanent enmity amongst ourselves because we are all brothers and sisters from Borno”.