A committee under the Northwest Contact and Mobilisation Directorate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) led by Tafidan Dutse, Bello Muhammad Maisudan, have vowed to clinch at least, two million votes from Kano and Jigawa states in the 2023 general elections.
At a Kano-Jigawa luncheon as part of preparation for the flag up campaign for the party’s presidential flag bearer, Asiwaju Ahmad Tinubu and all APC candidates in the region held in Kano, over two thausand prospective electorates have assembled to register their support.
Speaking to journalists, Maisudan said the meeting is aimed at soldering relationship and to take everyone along starting from prospective electorates from Jigawa state.
“Our friend, Aminu Sani Jaji was given the Director of Contact and mobilization for Northwest. He organised us and give us the mandate for Kano and Jigawa.
“We gathered here to familiarise with people and to re-engineer our relationship and inform them of this committee which will kick-off by November 1.
“We want to get the maximum votes in Kano and Jigawa as far as we can move on. In Jigawa, we are looking for at least 1 to 1.5 million votes while in Kano, we are trying to push it to 2 to 2.5 million votes for Tinubu.
“We have taken 100 days to complete this project untill 24 hours before election day. Thats our hope and we have design a programme of events until we achieve our mandate.”
While the APC in Jigawa did not get up to a million in the past elections, Maisudan revealed that the change in strategy will surely achieve that.
“We are now going to house by house, room by room, every polling unit we will engage our team of five people everyday for 100 days. By our calculation, if we embark on this massive campaign, we will be able to get much more than that. But we are limiting our expectation to 1.5 million.”
When asked about the effect of Muslim-Muslim ticket, he associated the fact to media hype and won’t have any effect.
“It will not have any effect. It’s just a media hype. In the South, there is a lot of houses of mixed religion. In the North, there are so many houses of mixed religion. In fact, religion on its own, is not an issue in Nigeria. It’s all political hype.
“Watch and see, this election will come, it will pass. Take Kaduna for example, there’s so much hype when Nasiru El-Rufa’i picked a Muslim from Southern Kaduna, they said he has failed and they won hands down. Religion didn’t work and I don’t think it will.
“This is Nigeria, this is politics, when it comes people will say a lot of things that doesn’t even make sense.”
Present at the occasion are Nigeria’s former Ambassador to South Korea, Aminu Dalhatu, Chairman, Buhari Support Organisation, Alhahi Shehu Dalhatu, Speaker, Jigawa state House of Assembly, Idris Garba (Kareka), astute politician, Sani Shehu Jahun among others.