APC Council Mobilises Over 5million Farmers For Tinubu
By Aanya Igomu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress, APC Campaign Council has mobilised over five million farmers in support of the Presidential Candidate, Mr Bola Tinubu.
The Secretary of the APC Presidential Campaign Council Agro Commodities Directorate, Mr. Retson Tedheke stated this at a summit organised by the Council to meet National Farmers Stakeholders.
Mr. Tedheke said “the Campaign Council intends to raise the figure to 12.5 million before the February 25 Presidential election in Nigeria.”
Explaining the purpose for the summit, he said they brought the farmers together to discuss the benefits of the manifesto which would in turn mobilise votes for the APC Presidential Candidate as it relates to agriculture.
“The summit is pulling together all farm leaders across the country. Let’s have the conversation, let us look at the Tinubu’s manifesto, look at the farmer’s challenge, look at his contract with the farmers and then look at his promises. With that focus, we can drive mobilisation across the country. As we speak over 5 million farming members across the country are committed to the course. We want to be able to take that number to about 12.5 million” Mr Tedheke said.
He also said that three key areas of the Tinubu Manifesto would addressed some challenges farmers face in Nigeria.
“Three Key outlines on his agriculture manifesto are; Rural infrastructure. Rural Nigeria needs basic infrastructure to be able to move goods to the market, have access to what they need to survive. So, solving the problem of Rural infrastructure solves the problem of Nigerian farmers.
“Also access to cheap funding and long-term funding. The Anchor Borrowers Programme is a fantastic programe bur Agriculture must be treated as a National Security issue not a commercial venture. If you give farmers cheap money and it’s for the long term, farmers will be able to utilise it for the greater good. So, the manifesto speaks to what the farmers challenges are.
“Now the herders/farmers clash is talking to the issue of insecurity, if you solve insecurity, you solve that problem,” Mr Tedheke explained.
He further urged Nigerians to take a look at Mr. Tinubu’s performance in terms of infrastructure development of Lagos State when he was a governor as well as his running mate, Kashim Shettima’s development of Agriculture in Borno State when he was governor.
Also speaking, the Director of the APC Presidential Campaign Council Agro Commodities Directorate, Abubakar Udulu Bello said they intended to build on the 5m figures by convincing all their supporters in Nigeria of Mr. Tinubu’s good qualities.
He said; “We are reaching out to all our farmers and all our support structures across the country. We know that he is the man, we know that he has the vision and the capacity… He is the only one that will ensure that the successes that have been built is going to be sustained.”