All Progressives Congress supporters in Borno State have been urged to desist from any act of disrespect towards President Goodluck Jonathan as the Nigerian leader and his entourage visits the state on Saturday.
President Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party – PDP, reelection campaign train will storm Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, having in minds previous attacks on the president’s convoy in Katsina and Bauchi earlier in the week.
Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, who himself is seeking reelection next month – representing the All Progressives Congress – APC, made the appeal in a statement on Friday.
Shettima reminded the people of the state that Jonathan is the President of the country, whose office must be respected by all Nigerians.
He encouraged the people of Borno to be law abiding, while urging them to shun violence and unlawful political behavior during the president’s visit.
Shettima also pointed out the negative effects an attack on the president would have on the prospect of APC presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
“Disrespecting the President’s convoy will not help the APC and General Buhari in any way, rather, it will provide ample basis for his and our political opponents to blackmail him and the APC. Any true admirer of Buhari should translate his or her admiration to massive support for him when he visits Maiduguri to launch his Presidential campaign at a date that will soon be made public,’’ the governor said.
The APC governorship candidate also noted that Buhari’s visit to the sate has been rescheduled.
He said: ‘’Buhari is not coming on Saturday as earlier planned due to some adjustments made to make his activities more successful. Supporters of Buhari and the APC should not be involved in violence but should rather ensure they all obtain and secure their Permanent Voters Card to cast votes for him and all candidates of the APC during the forthcoming general elections.