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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who is the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has paid a political visit to the Emir of Zazzau, Malam Ahmed Bamalli, after he had attended the seventh edition of the Kaduna Investment Forum.
Tinubu, who had been accompanied by his host, Gov. Nasir el-Rufai, and some other APC stalwarts, had been in the palace to seek royal blessing and pay homage to the emir.
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Tinubu had also arrived at the palacefor a few hours after the departure of the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to Kaduna for his campaign and engagement with the Arewa Joint Committee.
Earlier, host Gov. Nasir el-Rufai had noted that even though it was the first time the APC presidential flagbearer visited the first-class traditional ruler, it would be the beginning of many future visits to the palace.
He had also described Tinubu as a person who has a long pedigree and respect for the northern traditional institution.
“This is not a visit to start a campaign, it is a visit to consult you and tap from your wisdom and we will come back for a campaign visit, this is just a courtesy call.
“Having visited Kaduna, Asiwaju felt his visit was incomplete without paying homage to you,’’ el-Rufai said.
Responding, Bamalli appealed to politicians to work towards strengthening national unity throughout their electioneering for the general elections in 2023.
“In the next few months we will be approaching a difficult period of our coexistence; that is, we are getting into the political arena with a lot of politicking.
“I would like to take this liberty to request you to show maturity and experience as the former governor of Lagos state to play a vital role in a historic election.
“What we need at this point are the security of our country, improved economy and peaceful co-existence; the issue of division of Nigeria should be put aside,” the emir counselled.