Deputy Senate President, Senator Wase and Nasarawa State Governor, Engr. Abdullah Sule have commended Honourable Aliyu Wadada and Keffi Polo Ranch for hosting a special Polo tournament to celebrate the emergence of the ninth national Assembly leadership.
Senator Wase and Governor Sule who were the special guests at the one day polo fiesta that pitched top Nigerian polo patrons, players and foreign professionals, hailed Wadada for bringing politicians of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Polo players together to celebrate the emergence of new leadership.
In separate interviews during the event in Keffi, they both described the initiative of interacting under a sporting ambience, as necessary and of great significance to APC, the National Assembly, Nasarawa state and the country as a whole.
The National Assembly Leadership polo event was the second in the series hosted by Honourable Wadada. This followed on the heels of the well attended tourney staged few months ago, to celebrate the victory of APC at the 2019 general polls.
The grand event that was attended by most members of the National Assembly, traditional rulers, business gurus and polo aficionados, featured for teams vying for two major trophies, the Speaker Cup and the Senate President Cup respectively.
The campaign for the Speaker Cup pitch Team Bill against Team Motion in a fiercely contested four chukka rumble that was decided on toss, after the epic challenge ended 5-5.
The second and the last game of the day was a heavyweight tie between
Team Bill and Team Motion that pitched top Nigerian polo patrons, Nigerian professional and their counterparts from South Africa in five chukkas top flight game, to decide the winner of the Senate President Cup.
Team Bill, parading Nigeria’s top-rated Bello Buba, immediate pass Aviation Minister, Senator Hadi Sirika, EL-Amin Chairman and National team captain, Mohammad Babangida and Leroux Hendricks from South Africa, took to a blistering start with three quick goals and held on to victory.
Team Motion that boost the chief host, Honourable Aliyu Wadada, Kaduna Polo Club President, Suleiman Abubakar, National team player, Malik Badamasi and Duncan Watson from South Africa, fought hard to level up in the third chukka of the grueling game, but four more goals from Buba, Babangida and Hendricks ensure a 7-4 victory for Team Bill.
Deputy Senate President and the Emir of Keffi, HRH Yamusa led other members of the National Assembly to present prizes to the winners and the runners-up at a colourful prize presentation ceremony that brought the special event to a memorable climax.
Recently, the high profile Keffi Polo Ranch added another feather to its growing list of its tournaments, with the first ever APC Victory polo tournament, that saw Team Executives outpacing their Legislators counterparts to emerge winners.
Polo Royals reports that the victory game was an epic encounter that thrills from the beginning to the final bell, with chief host Honourable Aliyu Wadada leading Team Executive to an emphatic victory; with a 13-7 final score line that drew the curtain on a spectacular day that would be remembered across the state for a long time to come.
Chief Host and proprietor of the Keffi Ranch who thank members of the National Assembly, invited guests, participating players, match officials and the teeming polo enthusiasts for making the victory such a mmemorable event. He stated that the ranch that has touch lives of the less privilege and empowered the youths in the state, would strives to maintain its pioneering role.
“I’ve always believe in giving back to the society It’s a huge pleasure to champion the birth of polo here and use the proceeds to benefit the orphanages and education in Nasarawa State, he pointed out to Polo Royals in Keffi.
“Looking at the huge crowd that turned up from the high up there in the society echelon to the down trodden, polo has truly come to stay and Keffi Polo Ranch will continue to blaze the trail and impacting positively in social and tourism transformation of the state and the country at large,” Wadada added.
Established in 2008, the polo ranch that has been able to stamp its presence in the annals of the noble game of kings, has played host to important dignitaries like The ground breaking debuts of the Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.
Others are Lamido Adamawa, HRH Muhammadu Bakindo Aliyu Musdafa , Emir of Kano, HRH Lamido Sanusi (11), Emir of Keffi , HRH Shehu Chindo Yamusa (111), Emir of Nasarawa, HJRH Ibrahim Usman Jibril, members of the diplomatic Corp in Nigeria, business gurus, among others.
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