By Nseobong Okon-Ekong
Nguru-born businessman and philanthropist, Alhaji Abdullahi Balarabe, is set to formally lead the political camp of the Late Senator Usman Albishir in Yobe State to the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a rally in Nguru.
Following this development, Nguru town and its environs have been given a facelift, with major roads within the towns wearing a new look.
The event which is expected to have the Yobe governor, Alh. Ibrahim Geidam in attendance will see the governorship candidate of the APC in Yobe State and outgoing national secretary of the APC, Alh. Mai Mala Buni formally receiving Balarabe as well as thousands of Albishir’s core political allies.
Beside close political associates of the late Yobe strongman, two scions of the Albishir dynasty, Sadik Albishir and Mohammed Albishir are also expected to be received at the event. They will be joined by all the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) local government executives and ward leaders loyal to Albishir in the state.
Speaking on plans for the event, Alhaji Balarabe said about 500,000 supporters of the late Senator would be returning formally to the APC ahead the 2019 elections to ensure victory for the APC in the state.
He said already, arrangements were in top gear to ensure a most successful outing , noting that before now there had been door-to-door mobilisation of Nguru residents for voters registration, cards collection and awareness campaigns of the developmental strides of the APC in the state.
“As individuals , we have strived to touch the lives of a lot of Nguru people through provisions of various means of livelihood including providing accommodations, jobs, crafts, revolving loan schemes and many other empowerment tools for our people, including influencing power supply to the area.
“The popularity of Senator Usman Albishir can never be underestimated in Yobe politics, much more in Nguru where he hails from. It is for this reason that the reunion of our group into the APC will further boost the prospects of the party as well as cement the winning streak the zone has been known for, for the APC come 2019”, he said.
Alh. Balarabe asked residents and supporters to turn out en masse and welcome the governorship candidate of the APC , noting that “Insha Allah, Mai Mala Buni will be elected governor and Nguru people and Yobe State will be better off for it.“
Some political associates to be received include Zanna Umara Machina, Alh Hassan Ibrahim, Isa Yusuf and Madu Kachallah Nguru. Others are Bulama Usman Abande Yunusari, Yaskuma Meleh Geidam, Isah Maidodo Nguru, Umaru Abubakar Nangere and Mallam Ahmed Potiskum.