The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Sen. Abdallah Wali, on Monday pledged to work closely with the Sokoto Sultanate Council, if elected in the forthcoming general election.
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Wali gave the pledge at a news conference in Sokoto, during which he denied any plan to sideline the council, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Wali was reacting to wide-spread insinuations in the state that he would not work with the sultanate if he becomes governor.
” We will forge a very cordial and formidable relationship with the council and the entire traditional institutions in the state when we form our government.
” All such nefarious insinuations and allegations that a PDP government when elected this year will severe such an all- important relationship are unfounded and baseless.
” They were created by our enemies and they are intended to mischievously use people’s sentiments against us,” he said.
The PDP candidate insisted that he had built very clear relationship with the council and other traditional institutions in the state, adding that the Sultan was among key figures he intimated about his ambition.
” The Sultan represents the soul of the Muslims in Sokoto state and Nigeria generally, and we intend to continue with this happy relationship,” Wali said.
According to him, continuous relegation of the traditional institutions in the country is partly responsible for the current security challenges facing the nation.
“We intend to contribute to religious harmony and its upliftment, and this will eventually lead to sustainable peace and unity in Nigeria,” he promised. ( NAN)