Aminu Masari, Katsina State governor, has vowed to mobilise a minimum of 2.5 million votes towards the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Masari said that Katsina could boast of such a population because the President hails from the state.
He spoke with State House correspondents on Thursday, after meeting with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said, “The people of Katsina are 100% percent behind President Buhari and they would continue to support him even after the elections of 2019.
“We expect based on figures coming out of the registered voters to give him nothing less than 70 to 80 percent.
“We don’t have the figures now because they have completed additional registration; we are not talking about the last exercise that led to the election of 2015 and in 2015 he got almost 1.5 million votes from Katsina State.
“So we expect by 2019 we would be able to give him additional one million, making it not less than 2.5 million votes,” he added.
Commenting on the Federal Executive Council’s approval to forward a bill on the setting up of electoral offences commission, he said, “If I could remember during the Uwais Committee, we were heading some sub committees of former legislators, former and serving governors and we made presentation and part of our recommendations was that apart from the independence of the electoral body, to establish this tribunal so that at least, this tribunal would help in sanitising the electoral process.
“The legal system as at today is prolonged and takes time and cases are decided when you have even forgotten about your offence and I think, this will help to sanitise and make the elections more credible.”
On controversies relating to direct and indirect primaries in some states, he said there was nothing contentious about it.
Masari said, “It is not a hot cake, first of all, let me say from all the states that we have read and heard, Lagos, Kano and Niger are the only states that have opted for direct primaries in a country of 36 states plus FCT.
“I think it shouldn’t be contentious issue. In fact, the constitution of the party is very clear; there is nothing contentious in this. The constitution of the party recognises direct, consensus and indirect primaries.
“So whichever method is adopted, nobody is breaching the constitution of the party. So what is the big deal about it?” he queried.
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