Ambassador Yahaya Kwande, elder statesman and member of the All Progressives Congress Board of Trustees, was among dignitaries that attended the Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign rally in Jos on Saturday, the News Agency of Nigeria is reporting.
Also at the rally held at the Polo Ground were Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP Presidential Candidate, as well as Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Director-General of the PDP campaign organisation.
Also in the Plateau State capital for the campaign were Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the party, and his Deputy, Lyel Imoke.
A News Agency of Nigeria correspondent that covered the event reports that the party big wigs were joined by Senator Jeremiah Useni, the governorship candidate of the party in the state, and his running mate, Dr. James Dalok.
Also at the Polo Ground for the activity were Senator Jonah Jang, the immediate past Governor of Plateau State; Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu, former Deputy Senate President; and Fidelis Tapgun, a former Plateau State Governor.
NAN recalls that Kwande had earned the wrath of the APC in June 2018 when he followed Abubakat to the Plateau State headquarters of the PDP, when he came to the state to solicit for votes from the party’s national delegates.
Miffed by Kwande’s fraternity with the rival party, the APC Chairman in the state, Latep Dabang, issued a query to him and later warned him against repeating such.
Kwande, in his reply, had claimed that Abubakar had been a long standing friend and told the APC that he would not abandon such a close friend because of political reasons.
NAN reports that the event, which caused massive gridlock along the Gadabiu-Faringada axis of the city, witnessed traditional dances by women and youth groups that sang songs praising Abubakar and asking Nigerians to vote for him in the February 16 presidential election.