Buhari in Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi

President-elect Muhammadu Buhari yesterday made last-minute shuttles to Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi states to woo voters for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The three states were said to have been identified as needing help because of the “desperation” of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

It was gathered that Gen. Buhari embarked on the shuttles following intelligence reports of alleged plans by the PDP to rig in some states in the North.

He urged APC leaders and members to work for the success of the party’s candidates in the governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.

The source said: “In one of the sessions, Buhari told party leaders that his victory at the presidential election is incomplete without a team to work with. He said he cannot succeed at the centre without governors to work with.

“He pleaded with APC leaders and members to be united and work harder and ensure the party’s success on Saturday.

“He also advised them to avoid violence in whatever form in order not to play into the hands of PDP. He said with their ballot they can effect the needed change in the affected states.”

“In Adamawa, Buhari held a meeting with former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and top APC leaders on how to support the governorship candidate, Sen. Jibrilla Bindow.

“He asked APC members not to separate presidential election from other strands of elections because the party is one.

He urged APC members to sustain the winning streak in most states to give the nation the required change.”

 The Director of Media and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “The President-elect went to generate support for states that need help. These states are Adamawa, Gombe and Bauchi where the incumbents have more or less become desperate.

“Gen. Buhari went to these states because the governors in these states are ready to cling to any straw to retain their states for their party, which is no longer accepted.

“So, the President-elect went to encourage APC leaders and members to be steadfast. The fear of losing these states is not the issue at all.”

It was gathered that a plot to intimidate APC members in Adamawa, Gombe, Bauchi, Benue, Jigawa, Kaduna and Taraba had been uncovered.

A party leader said: “We are keeping a tab on some of these states in the North where the PDP is hell-bent on influencing the governorship and Assembly elections.

“We are determined to be peaceful and ensure that our votes count. But we have asked our members to be vigilant in protecting the sanctity of the ballot.

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