President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday arrived Kano for a two-day official visit to the state barely few days Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar announced his defection to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Buhari was received at Malam Aminu Kano International Airport by Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, traditional rulers as well as politicians, among others.
A mammoth crowd was also at the airport and along the major streets in the metropolis, giving the president a rousing welcome.
There were shouts of ”APC For Life! No going Back for 2019! Another 1.8 million votes for you in 2019! You will defeat Atiku in 2019 and many more.”
The president is expected to inaugurate a number of projects executed by the Ganduje administration during the visit.
As part of his visit, the president on Wednesday afternoon visited the Kurmawa Central Prison in Kano where he freed 500 prisoners.
Buhari noted while granting the amnesty to the prisoners that it was part of his general prison decongestion exercise in the country, and to allow those inmates with minor cases who have stayed long in prison to go home.
Before the visit to the prison, the president visited the Kano emir at his palace.
“I am overwhelmed by the sea of people I see,” Mr Buhari said of the mammoth crowd that came to welcome him. “And by what I see today, if elections are contested I will no doubt win it.”
Speaking further, Buhari said, “I know Kano people are aware of the tremendous job we did on security and agriculture.”
He disclosed that he was at the emir’s palace because the emirate council has been playing tremendous roles in his government’s success.