Popular Kaduna Islamic cleric, Ahmad Gumi, on Monday, hosted the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmad, at his residence in Kaduna.
Telescope.ng reports that Obi was attending an interactive session for the presidential candidates in Kaduna organised by a joint committee of Arewa groups in the build to the 2023 general elections.
The Arewa Joint Committee is made up of representatives from frontline northern groups such as the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Ahmadu Bello Foundation (ABF), Arewa Research and Development Project, and Jamiyyar Matan Arewa.
The programme, which started on Saturday, was attended by Atiku Abubakar, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Abiola of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), and Adewale Adeboye of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Bola Tinubu, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Obi of the Labour Party and the NNPP candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso were billed to appear before the committee on Monday. The latter declined to attend the event. He claimed the organisations behind the event were biased towards one of the candidates.
But, before attending the event, Obi visited Gumi soliciting his support and told the cleric his plans for Nigeria if elected as the next president in the February 2023 elections.
Responding, Gumi greeted Obi for the visit which he described as a great honour by the presidential candidate who came and briefed him about his plan for Nigeria.
Gumi said: “As you come here (Kaduna) people will like to hear your views about restructuring Nigeria, Nigeria has been restructuring itself from independence to date, it was never static, but I want to know about views on restructuring so that I can write on my Facebook page this is the presidential candidate who can do this for me, I will assure him of my vote.”
He also asked Obi what he will do to address the issues of agitations, and widespread poverty in Nigeria.