Hunkuyi: How Southern Kaduna Will Decide Who Becomes Governor in 2019

Lawmaker representing Kaduna North in the Senate, Suleiman Hunkuyi has explained how the People's Democratic Party (PDP) delegates from the 11 LGAs of Southern Kaduna would determine the winner of the party's Governorship ticket.

The zone is made up of Sanga, Lere, Jabba, Kagarko, Jemaa, Zango Kataf, Kauru, Kachia, Chikun, Kaura and Kajuru LGAs.

Speaking in Zango Kataf, the headquarters of Zango Kataf LGA, before the party's leaders from the 11 LGAs that make the up the zone, Senator Hunkuyi explained that since all the 10 aspirants were from the northern part of the state, the southern zone had the unique role of deciding the winner.

Hunkuyi warned the party's leaders from the zone against handing the ticket to some one with whom the party would have no chance at the polls.

Hunkuyi who said he chose the region to formally declare his interest because of the respect he has for its people, added that unless the delegates from the zone did the right thing with their votes, government of Governor Nasir El-rufai would continue "wrecking havoc on the state."

Describing the present APC government in the state as "enemy of the people," he said 2019 was an opportunity to send the government packing, adding that this can only be possible if the delegates did the right thing by handing him the ticket.

He said: " El-rufai knows that the moment I get the ticket his days in the government House are numbered. He knows the damage I can wreck on his ambition. This is why they are sponsoring every Tom, Dick and Harry to cause confusion in our party. The people of this zone must ensure there is no by- election.

"I must sound this note of warning to the delegates that it would be sad to boot out El-rufai without a proper arrangement of who to replace him. We must be sure we send only some one who knows how to redress the humongous challenges on ground in the state government."

He said the state had been in the mood of lamentation, pain and anguish since the inception of El-rufai's administration, noting however, that the opportunity to pay back the administration in its own coin was here.

"God in His infinite mercy has brought the end to this government. I want to tell you that you all have the stick with which to send El-rufai back to where he came from."

He said although, it had become imperative for him to vie for the seat of the Governor, he chose to make his declaration in the zone because of the importance he attached to people of the zone.

"So I ask, the traditional rulers, the youth, the PDP leaders are you in support of our quests or Do you want me to return the form? Yes? Then may God lead the way. In the name of God and you the people I hereby declare to lead the charge to boot out the Short man from Government House.

"I want to assure you that we are going to hastily redress the many wrongs of this government. Within one week of my government I will return the dethroned traditional rulers back to  their thrones. But, you must know that you have a role to play by mobilising your people.

"Secondly, we are aware that some people were sacked from their jobs without due process. Although, I may not promise to return everyone back to his job but we will ensure that the right thing is done by returning those who were unjustly sacked."

Speaking earlier, the PDP chairman, Zango Kataf LGA, Samuel Bassa, described Hunkuyi as a worthy leader for choosing the zone to declare his ambition.

He said: "We believe this gathering can bring unity, peace and progress in the state. The Senator has shown that both the northern and southern Kaduna can live side by side in peace with mutual respect."

Chairman, Organising Committee of the event, Bulus James, said the gathering was one of the attempts to "retrieve the state from its drifting state."

He said Hunkuyi decided to flag off his ambition to govern the state in the zone because he was "always at home in the southern Kaduna.

"I want to say something here that many of you may not have known. The Senator was the one who helped win the state for late Yakowa in 2011 when every other party heavy weight deserted him. The only way we can pay him back for his friendship with the region is to support his ambition.

"I want to assure you that this man has the capacity to address our years of yearning in the part of the state. He parted ways with the state government because he refused to be part of any plot to sack traditional rulers, sack civil servants for no good cause and this is why the state government has been persecuting him.

"The state government has painted us in this zone as trouble makers but the Senator said that was not true and that is why he is here to prove the point."

A retired Permanent Secretary in the state civil servise, Hussaini Dembo, described Governor El-Rufai as a Civilian Dictator who must be booted out.

He said: "We convinced Hunkuyi to come forward this time because since 1999 we have not heard a core politician as a Governor. While the first, second, third and the forth were technocrat, business man, bureaucrat and an accountant reapecticely, I don't know how to qualify the present one. May be he is more fitting as civilian dictator. This is why we say things must change this time."



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