- Abdulkarim Lawan declares that Borno state belongs to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019
- Lawan emphasises that all the legislators from the state have remained members of the APC
- He explains how Governor Kashim Shettima is resettling the state that is seriously hit by Boko Haram
The speaker of the Borno House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, has declared that the entire state will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Lawan boasted that the current gale of defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not get near the state.
Rt Hon Lawan stated this when he spoke exclusively with NAIJ.com in Lagos.
According to the speaker, the entire lawmakers in the state belong to the APC and none of them is planning to defect.
"Borno belongs to Buhari 100 percent. We have the entire three senators, 10 members of the House of Representatives, and the 28 members of the House of Assembly all in APC.
"There is no major political opposition in Borno state. So Buhari has our votes in Borno," he said.
He also denied claims that the Boko Haram insurgents were still holding some territories in the north east.
According to him, the Nigerian military has been able to push the terrorists to the border between the country and Chad.
"Borno is fine now. I can tell you that Boko Haram has been degraded up to 90 percent since the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari's government. He has taken necessary measures, with the governor of the state, Kashim Shettima, and the military and the result is there for all to see.
"I am sure that in the next one year, we should have forgotten about Boko Haram in Borno state and possibly Nigeria.
"There is no territory that Boko Haram still holds in Borno state or anywhere in the northeast. All that we have are isolated attacks, not like before when the terrorists would take over entire local governments. I can tell you that many of the Boko Haram members and their leaders have become frustrated.
"The Nigerian military have been able to push them to the border between Nigeria and Chad. With the gallant military that we are sure of a better future," he said.
The speaker also commended Governor Kashim Shettima for effectively rebuilding the state and taking care of those affected by insurgency.
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"Remember the people of Borno were seriously terrorised by these insurgents. The governor has built over 40 mega schools across the state to accommodate the children orphaned by the terrorists.
"He has also built hospitals and helped affected people to return to their homes. We at the Assembly will always support him to succeed," the speaker said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress in Rivers, said the defection of Senate minority leader, Chief Godswill Akpabio, to the APC is the beginning of the end of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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