Part of the crowd that forced Taraba SDP governorship candidate, Hon. Baido to address them in Takum
By Anthony Maliki in Takum, Taraba State
As part of his respect and reverence for elders and those before him, the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Taraba State, Hon. Danladi Baido attended the funeral of the former Majority Leader of the defunct Gongola State House of Assembly, Hon. Chief Danjuma Stephen Nyapuri in Takum on Friday.
The funeral, with only Hon. Baido of all the governorship candidates in Taraba State present, took place at ECCN, Ikan, Takum and was accompanied by chieftains of the SDP in the state.
With such an honour, many people in Takum followed Hon. Baido from the Church to a private residence where he refreshed, as he travelled all the way from Jalingo, the state capital, in a long motorcade.
Many of them on motorcycles held posters and banners of Hon. Baido while others dished out handbills of the governorship candidate along the route.
In fact, where Hon. Baido stopped to refresh turned into a sought of political stakeholders’ meeting, where the SDP candidate was forced to address the crowd and entertain questions from the various groups present.
His explanation that he was in Takum to honour the astute politician he so much revered, Chief Nyapuri and not to campaign, turned on deaf ears as the crowd insisted, he must talk to them.
Hon. Baido spoke of some of his programmes for the people of Takum and other areas when asked questions by some of the groups in a Town Hall meeting setting.
Those who presented questions are representatives of Tiv community, Prince Hosea from Takum, Rev. Christopher Adamu of ECCN.
In his responses, Hon. Baido cautioned youths against any form of violence as elections approaches and not to destroy any poster or banner belonging to other political parties.
He noted that his posters and banners should be in peoples’ hearts and to vote for him during the March 11, 2023 governorship election while he would be just to all as governor.
The SDP governorship candidate also pledged to establish two skills acquisition centres in Takum I and Takum II to engage youths that might be idle noting that if 100 youths get skills in at least six months intervals, it would go a long way.