From Onuminya Innocent, Sokoto
A Coalition of Buhari support groups has refuted a claimed by the Governor of Sokoto state Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal APC led Federal Government has not executed any project and the state are sidelined in the area of federal appointments,.
countered the claim the group listed some of the projects executed by the federal government in the state, saying that the Governor was using that as a political aggrandisement.
Correspondent reports that Governor Tambuwal on Aug. 1, made several allegations on President Buhari including sidelining Sokoto state on projects and appointments as part of his reasons to decamped to People Democratic Party (PDP) from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Addressing a press conference on Friday in Sokoto, the State Coordinator of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Alhaji Fodio Bello, said federal government have employed more than 50 Sokoto state indigenes at various capacities under President Buhari.
Bello said President Buhari appointed Governor Tambuwal’s Brother, Abdullahi Waziri, along with other people like Inuwa Abdulkadir, Alhaji Abubakar Babba, Alhaji Lema Tambuwal, Jelani Aliyu along with many others as Board chairmen and head of Parastatals beside having a serving minister.
He listed the Federal government projects to include; disbursement of N420 million grants by Bank of Industry under GEEP programme to 8,403 beneficiaries in 143 association which had served as business booster to people in Sokoto state.
According to him, N8.7 billion worth of farming inputs were distributed to various categories of farmers in Sokoto state beside more than 7,000 youths enrolled N-Power programme.
He added that federal government reconstructed Sokoto-Tambuwal-Jega –Kontagora road, Sabon Birni-Tsululu-Kuya- Maradi road and Runjin Sambo University road in Sokoto metropolis.
Others he listed included Erosion control project at Dogon-Daji, Bashire and Jabo communities in Tambuwal local government area and Erosion control accelerated project at Sokoto south LGA.
He said the present administration of President Buhari established 8 division of Nigerian Army in Sokoto, disbursed 1.5 million US Dollars grant under Save One Million Lives initiative, N2 billion ecological fund and completion of 80 housing units in Kwannawa.
He added that Federal Government established Military Tertiary Hospital and commenced work on green field/special economic zone project in Sokoto state beside distribution of N5000 unconditional cash transfers to vulnerable households in the state.
The Coordinator appealed to Governor Tambuwal to account for N18.3 billion Paris Club refund, N38.7 billion bailout funds, N10.5 billion salary/pension arrears and N2.2 billion ecological funds from federal government.
He noted that based on the presentations, Tambuwal’s statement aimed at blackmailing President Buhari as misrepresented to undermined the good leadership of the President.
He stressed that support groups join hands to embarked on house to house interactive at the grassroots as well as other mediums to educate people on Buhari’s policies and mobilization mass support to secure victory at 2019 polls.
Corresponden reports that participants from various Buhari support groups at the conference comprised, Alhaji Abdullahi Hassan, Alhaji Kassim Aliyu, Hassan Umar, Bello Gada, Usman Aliyu, Muhammad Dogon Daji, Yusuf Ibrahim Habiba Abdullahi, Hussaina Abubakar and ibrahim Adamu among others.