Ahead of the April 11 governorship election, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, from Southern Kaduna, Ibrahim Garaje Akut has called on the people of the area not to repeat the mistake of voting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, again.
Speaking while addressing a press conference in Kaduna, Akut therefore appealed to his kinsmen to rally round the APC candidate, Mallam Nasir El-rufai in the Saturday polls.
Mr Akut, who contested for the House of Representatives for Kaura federal constituency at the primaries on the platform of the APC and lost to a former ‎secretary to the government of Kaduna State and also a former permanent secretary, cabinet office, in the presidency, Charles Bonet, further appealed to the people of the zone to support the APC candidate so as to form the same party in the state as it is presently at the national level.
Although he frowned at the way and manner ‎the election went during the presidential polls where the zone gave their support to President Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP “despite his glaring inability to tackle challenges bedeviling the nation, such as insecurity, corruption, impunity,” he said there was the need to retrace step and avoid another mistake in the governorship election.
He called particularly on the elders and traditional‎ and religious leaders of southern Kaduna extraction to use their good positions to unite the people of the area, the state and country in particular rather than engaging in activities that would divide the people.
According to Mr Akut, the APC governorship candidate is a trusted man with proven experience who when brought to power will help to transform the state positively.
“The deputy governorship candidate, Barnabas Bala Bantex is our own who severally have proven himself as a man of integrity. Their combination in the governance of the state will not only unite the people of the state, it will ‎further draw federal government attention to the state and the southern Kaduna area.”
He said El-rufai had severally identified with the challenges of the southern Kaduna people, particularly the recurring killings in the area and had promised if elected to bring a permanent end to it and ensure that justice prevailed in the zone.
“We have suffered a lot of neglect in our area; our people ‎are killed at any given opportunity and so far nothing tangible seems to be done about it. We cannot continue that way; there must be a change which the APC government has promised to provide.
“I want to call on our people to come out en-mass and vote for Mallam Nasir El-rufai of the APC as the governor of the state, by that we will have a bargaining power at the end, let us not be deceived with empty promises that may not see the reality of the day,” he stressed.

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