Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto
The first runner up in the just concluded Sokoto State gubernatorial primary election of All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Faruk Malami Yabo, has vowed not to dump the party but promised to work for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.
Yabo, who polled 837 votes to place second behind incumbent deputy governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, reaffirmed his loyalty to the party, vowing not to leave the party.
He appreciated his supporters for their belief in his vision for the development of the state.
According to him, “This battle is a Sokoto project and the state must go beyond where it is now.
“I am committed to the development of Sokoto state and I feel positive that things will work out fine in our favour,” he stated.
The aspirant further explained that he would continue to spearhead the advancement of activities of his personal projects ‘Sokoto Project’ aimed at benefiting the people of the state.
He continued, “It’s my personal empowerment initiative for the youths, women and poor which is not dependent on my political ambition. I started the project since 2014 and would continue”, he vowed.
Yabo, however, promised to make his position known to the public once the stakeholders of the party in the state finish the review of the election outcome
“To this moment I am talking to you my agent has not come to brief me on the final outcome and to bring a document which will further suggest the acceptance of the results as well the general conduct of the exercise.
“I am also awaiting the actual report from the team of election officials sent from the headquarters to conduct the exercise for possible amendments”, he said.
Meanwhile, some supporters of the candidate have staged protest against the conduct of the outcome of the primary insisting that the process was no credible.
The protesters, with various placards, alleged that a leader of the party in the state (name withheld) was of plotting to install a candidate not acceptable to the masses.