Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State has advised supporters of the ANPP in Benue to remain committed to the party to ensure its success in next year’s general election.
Shekarau made the appeal on Saturday in Makurdi, while addressing ANPP members in the state.
Shekarau said he was in Benue to attend a marriage ceremony and felt that it would be inappropriate to “just sneak in and sneak out of the State’’.
He commended ANPP supporters in the State for their perseverance in spite of what he called “the plot by the powers-that-be to liquidate the party’’.
“I am proud of your commitment to the party; the contributions you have made for the sustenance of the party is known by all of us and at the appropriate time, you will hear from us,” he said.
Shekarau advised the party members not to allow the decision of a few members of the party to leave the party, to dampen their spirit and that they should continue to work to sustain the party.
“So, those who have given up the fight, we wish them luck because there is honour in being principled, there is honour in being committed to a cause,” he said.
Shekarau made reference to late Malam Aminu Kano, who he said lived an honourable life and earned honour “even in death.”
“We have seen in this country those who occupied exalted offices but can hardly show their faces in their villages after leaving office,” he said.
The governor assured the party supporters of a bright future for the party, adding “ANPP is still much around and very much on ground’’.
He said the party was there before others joined and would continue to remain.
Also speaking, Prof. Daniel Saror, a former ANPP Senator and the party’s governorship candidate in the April 14, 2007 general elections, said the party was prepared to field candidates in all the posts in next year’s elections.