Sokoto state deputy governor, Alhaji Mukhtar Shagari, on Tuesday said the people of Sokoto will reciprocate the gesture done to the Second Republic President, Alhaji Shehu Shagari by the South South in 1979 by voting for President Goodluck Jonathan in the forthcoming general elections.
Shagari made the remark on Tuesday, at a town hall meeting organised by the Sokoto state chapter of the Goodluck Support Group in Sokoto.
Shagari maintained that the people of South South gave the NPN over one million votes which led to his father’s victory in the presidential elections in 1979.
According to him, it would amount to betrayal for the people to reject Jonathan at this moment, saying no amount of misinformation by the All Progressive Congress would prevent Sokoto people from voting for Jonathan.
“March 28 is a pay-back time for us and the people of Sokoto are ready to pay back the South South for the gesture done to the former president by voting for Jonathan.
“We cannot turn our backs on Jonathan now that he needs the votes of the people of Sokoto and by God’s grace he will be re-elected,” Shagari said.
He stated that the APC was desperate to get power and had been using religion to create division among Northerners.
The deputy governor averred that the antics of the APC would end up in vain, as the PDP will record landslide in the forthcoming polls.