From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume has sued for unity in North Central Nigeria to enable the region achieve rapid growth and development.
Senator Akume made the appeal on Saturday during a reception organised in honour of a former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Solomon Ewuga and other politicians who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State.
He said, the North Central has lot of opportunities waiting to be tapped and needed the unity of the people to harness.
“I am very proud to be here today in the presence of worthy sons of Nigeria and Nasarawa State, our country is blessed, we have the human and material resources second to none, not just in Africa.
“We have a very talented President, Bola Tinubu, the gifted strategist, politician and statesman who has the knack to identify and harness talents.
“One of them is the National Chairman of our great Party, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, a great man, fine and extraordinary man who has added value to our party since assumption of office a few months ago, ” he said.
Akume described Solomon Ewuga as a courageous and hardworking man who loves Nasarawa State, noting that his coming into the APC fold would help foster faster development in the area.
According to him, Ewuga’s name will be written in gold if he does exactly what has been said of him for the State and indeed for North Central zone in general.
Also speaking, the National Chairman, APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje described Ewuga as an asset not just to the State but the country at large.
He promised that the party under him would reconcile aggrieved members and ensure that those who left are brought back in order to strengthen the party for more victories in future elections.
The National Chairman also promised to promote internal democracy and give all members a level playing field to avoid disagreements that would erupt from party activities.
He disclosed that the party has developed a blueprint that will enable it win all the 36 governorship seats in the country during future elections.
While welcoming the defectors, Governor Engr Abdullahi Sule commended the SGF, the National Chairman of APC and other leaders for their contributions to the growth of the Party both at the national and State levels.
He noted that given the pedigree of Sen Ewuga and his wealth of experience, his return to the APC would go a long way to strengthening the party in the state.
On his part, Sen Umaru Al- Makura, commended the efforts of the National Chairman of APC, Dr Ganduje for ensuring peace and stability of the party.
Sen Al- Makura also described the SGF as a true son of the North Central and applauded his disposition towards the establishment of peace in the zone and Nasarawa State in particular.
He further described Ewuga as a seasoned politician, noting that his coming into the fold of APC would add value to the smooth operations of the party in Nasarawa State.
“Giving the commitment, focus, in-depth knowledge of governance , politics and economy by our President, Bola Tinubu, I’m very sure that APC is going to last beyond our imagination,” he said.
Earlier, State Chairman of APC, Alhaji Aliyu Bello, welcomed Sen Ewuga as well as other defectors to the ruling party in the state.
He said that the former Minister and other defectors have the same rights and privileges as other party members and can pursue whatever ambitions or interests they have just like any other person in the party.
The Voice reports that Sen Ewuga was before now a Peoples Democracy Party (PDP) Stalwart in Nasarawa State.
He defected alongside Matthew Ombugaku, 2023 Gubernatorial Candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Dr Yusuf Alfa and Musa Iyimoga, immediate-past Assembly Member, Doma North constituency (Zenith Labour Party), among others.