Zamfara State Capital, Gusau came to a standstill yesterday as supporters of PDP Gubernatorial Candidate in the state, Dauda Lawal came out in their thousands to attend his mega rally despite security challenges.
Lawal held the maiden rally after an Appeal Court in Sokoto reinstated him as the PDP governorship candidate, following the nullification of his primary election by a High Court in Gusau.
Thousands of the PDP supporters, from virtually all the 14 Local Government areas of the APC controlled state thronged Gusau to express their support to the party’s flag bearer.
It was observed that Gusau wore a new look on Monday following the huge crowd of the PDP faithful that graced the rally.
Business activities had been paralysed in Gusau as the crowd caused traffic gridlock around the city, especially on the roads leading to the venue of the rally.
Addressing the mammoth crowd when he arrived at the venue on open van, the PDP candidate promised to restore peace in the state ravaged by the activities of bandits.
He also pledged to improve economy, education, health and agriculture in the state.
According to him, Zamfara needs a robust and effective leadership to be revived, especially with the current insecurity bidevelling the state, noting that only PDP has the wherewithal to achieve that.
“Today is a historic day. Today true democracy is being played. We are overwhelmed with this massive crowd. This show that people of Zamfara are ready and want change.
“We will not let you down. We will not disappoint you. You know we impacted your life even when we are out in power. If you elect us, we will do better.
“If you elect me as your governor, i will ensure security is restored in our dear state. We have mechanism and strategies to achieve that.
“I will improve security, health, economy and agriculture, the glory of our state. We will restore our farming activities by God’s grace,” Lawal said.
Some of the PDP faithful that spoke to journalists said they would vote for Lawal because of his resolve to help the poor and the vulnerable.
They said the candidate had impacted the life of many of the people of Zamfara, especially the downtrodden.
“This man, has never been in power but he is doing what even the government is not doing. He helps orphans, widows, physically challenge, executed many projects in communities.
“This man has offered scholarships to hundreds of students, offered empowerment to women and youths, no wonder you see this massive crowd,” said Adamu Nuhu, a PDP supporter.
Another party’s stalwart, Mairo Magaji, said she came from Shinkafi to witness the rally because of what Lawal is doing to people.
She said she has reserved her vote for him in order to support him attain power to continue serving the people of the state.