By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna State has told Kaduna electorate to disabuse their minds from the propaganda that its gubernatorial candidate, Honourable Isa Ashiru Kudan dies not have a a working plan on how to govern Kaduna State to make progress.
The party expressed this in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Alberah Catoh, made available on Monday, March 4, 2018.
“However to allay the fears of unsuspecting members of the public we wish to reiterate that our Candidate had reeled out the blueprint of how he intends to govern Kaduna State, if given the mandate, amongst his well structured agenda is ensuring peace, unity and security, of the state, massive infrastructural development, elevation and promotion of agriculture to attract new and dynamic young farmers with knowledge of extension services that will further boost agricultural production, declaration of a state of emergency in the education sector and ensuring a generous budgetary allocation to meet the (UNESCO) requirement of 26% allocation,” it stated.
The party issued the statement in response to an allegation by an aspirant who lost at its gubernatorial primaries last year and subsequently announced his defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress ( APC) on Sunday.
“The attention of the Peoples’ Democratic Party Kaduna State Chapter is drawn to some media reports ostensibly sponsored to deliberately mislead members of the public where the erstwhile DG NEMA Muhammad Sani Sidi was reported to have left our party on some flimsy excuses.
“He was reported to have accused the Party of manipulation, impunity, lack of internal democracy and intimidation of Party Delegates during the party primaries in which he was a contestant that failed to secure the party’s nomination.
“The report went further to imply that the Gubernatorial Candidate and the State leadership of the Party are lacking in sincere engagement towards consultative and genuine reconciliation.
“He also insinuated that there was mutual mistrust between the Party leadership, the Gubernatorial Candidate and some members of the Party.
“Finally, he holds an opinion that there is no clear cut blueprint for an efficient and effective service delivery that will cater for the welfare,peace, order and good governance for the good people of Kaduna State,” PDP stressed. It explained that it is on record that Sani Sidi has contributed nothing to the peace, progress and prosperity of our great party.
” His coming into the contest for the Gubernatorial Primary Election on our party’s platform was doomed to fail.
“He has since inception of the party being a beneficiary , who had served in various capacities ranging from being a Special Adviser to Hon Nenadi Esther Usman former Minister of finance under the Obasanjo administration, a Commissioner of Works and Transport, commissioner overseeing the Ministry of Health and Commissioner for Culture and tourism.
“He was also the Director General of NEMA for more than six years under the auspices of our great party. “It is no wonder that he failed to connect with the party delegates who subsequently rejected him at the Gubernatorial Party Congress.
“We expected that as an acclaimed democrat, he will embrace the outcome in good faith and re-strategize against the future,however, in his desperation he turned around to blame everybody, including the Party, but himself for his sorrowful outing.
“The Party has it on good authority that he influenced the Posting of the Returning Officer to the Party Congress. Nevertheless, he turned around to blame the Party for his defeat which is rather unfortunate.
“It is instructive to state, that of all the nine (9) Gubernatorial Aspirants who contested with him at the Primaries, he appears to be the only person who has complained of lack of internal democracy.
“The Party cannot recall where its Candidates were chosen either by fiat, impunity or imposition. “As far as the Party is concerned, there has been a harmonious working relationship between him and amongst all the Aspirants, the first runner up, Dist. Sen. Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi and all other aspirants have been part of the meet-the-people tour spanning across all the 23 Local Government Areas in the State. “At the flag-off of the Gubernatorial Campaign at the trade fair complex Zaria Road Sani Sidi came towards the tail end of the event after almost all the speakers have spoken at the occasion,” PDP added.