Governor Kashim Shettima
Stakeholders of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) in Borno State Saturday declared their stand in support of the governor of the state, Alhaji Kashim Shettima,’s decision to go along with other governors of opposition political parties in the country to form the All Progressive Congress (APC) to whittle down the dominance of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).
Governor Shettima had on Tuesday, read a communique in Lagos, after a meeting involving Governor of Lagos, Babatunde Fashola; Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State; Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State; Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State; Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo; Abdul Aziz Yari of Zamfara; Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State and Senator Alkali Jajere who represented Governor Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe.
The governors from different political parties that include ANPP; Action Congress of Nigeria, (CAN); Congress for Progressive (CPC) and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) resolved to throw their weight behind the merger to “rescue Nigeria.”
The ANPP bigwigs in Borno State yesterday after the meeting of the stakeholders which had in attendance serving and former party executives in the state, the 27 Local Government Areas and 312 wards, serving and former national and state Assembly members, former and serving council chairmen, party chieftains and key supporters, agreed on the merger.
Speaker after speaker declared total support for Governor Shettima and lauded his decision and that of the party’s leadership at the meeting held at the Government House in Maiduguri.
The meeting was declared open by Governor Shettima who said the aim was to clarify issues on the position of the party in the on-going merger process.
He said the meeting was to update members with adequate arrangement on the need for ANPP to merge with three other opposition parties, adding that the merger will strengthen the party in its effort to remain a key player in the advancement of democracy for the benefit of Nigerians.
The governor who assured that everyone would be carried along, also tasked all stakeholders to carry the message to every member of the party at the grass-roots and sensitise them on the need to support ANPP on the merger process as they stand a better chance to benefit from the merger.
In his contribution, the chairman of Borno State House of Representatives members forum, Barrister Mohammed Monguno, urged all ANPP stakeholders in Borno to respect the views of the party leaders, most especially Governor Shettima, noting that vision behind the merger is a good one for Borno and the entire country.
Another House of Representatives member, Hon. Betara Aliyu, said National Assembly members from the State are solely behind Shettima and his administration, adding that henceforth, the lawmakers will be participating in every function in the state as a mark of respect and loyalty. Also commenting, the secretary to the Borno State Government, Amb Baba Ahmad Jidda, commended Governor Shettima’s for his political leadership.
Earlier in his welcome address, the State Chairman of ANPP who was represented by the State Secretary, Alh Babakura Shettima, expressed appreciation to the governor for regularly according due respect to the leadership of the party at the national, State, Local Governments and ward levels and for carrying every stakeholder along in all his activities.
He said the ANPP is growing from strength to strength due to Shettima’s style of leadership and commended the stakeholders for turning out enmass despite the short notice.