For the first time after he was elected President of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari is attending a governorship campaign of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The president who stayed away from the governorship campaigns in Kogi and Bayelsa States last year, is presently in Benin City, Edo State to support the aspiration of Godwin Obaseki to become the next Governor of Edo State.
The election, which comes up on Saturday, September 10, is a straight fight between Obaseki and Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
An elated Governor Adams Oshiomhole, commenting on President Buhari’s presence at the rally, said:
“Today is my happiest day. I am standing here not as an orphan. For seven and half years, I was standing alone. But today my brothers and our papa are here. Why should I not be proud?”
Aside President Buhari, other top party chieftains including state governors are also at the event. The governors in attendance include: Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Sani Bello (Niger), Simon Lalong (Plateau), Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi), and Mohammed Baderu (Jigawa). Others are: Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Bindo Jibrilla (Adamawa), and Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna).