The Southern Kaduna Youths Coalition for Labour Party, Southern Kaduna Youth and Young Forum (SOKAYUF) and Southern Kaduna PDP Youth Supporters have called on the people of the area irrespective of their political party affiliations to come all out en masse to vote for the gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the March 18 governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna on Wednesday, the spokesman of the group, Tanko Audu noted that following the outcome of the February 25, 2023, presidential and National Assembly elections, Labour Party supporters in Southern Kaduna have put up a groundbreaking performance.
He said: “We have reached the resolution that if we replicate our voting pattern of the just-concluded federal seats election, the danger is, we are definitely going to split our votes and pave way for the continuous stay in office of the APC – a party that we want to unanimously retire from power for its anti-people policies and cruelty.”
He observed that it is important to take into account that LP and PDP share the same political DNA, stressing that it would make it easier to align their interests and powers to achieve a common goal, which is to dislodge the ruling APC that brought untold hardship on Kaduna citizens, irrespective of religious, ethnic and political differences.
Audu explained that their coming together is rooted in the realism that they are stronger together if indeed, they want to take over power from the ruling party.
He stated that they have perceived the danger of going to the Saturday, March 18, 2023, gubernatorial election in Kaduna State as separate entities, stressing that supporting the gubernatorial candidate of LP would amount to dividing their bloc votes to the advantage of the APC which will embolden its chances of extending its reign in power and by extension, continues with its cruel and inhuman policies.
He further explained that they have carefully analysed the eight years of the administration of APC in Kaduna State which is the worst thing that has ever happened to the people of Southern Kaduna, adding that the region has suffered grave losses, ranging from paying billions to kidnappers, unprovoked and senseless killings of innocent souls, destructions of property and farm produce, destruction of the traditional institution, executive rascality, lopsided appointments and the display of nepotism in Gov. Nasir el-Rufai’s urban renewal programme.
“Only less than 5% was spent in Southern Kaduna out of the World Bank N350 billion loan. But sadly, all of us must pay back the loan on equal measure,” he lamented.
Following the hardship they are going through, people cannot access their farmland either to farm or harvest their farm produce due to fear of being killed or kidnapped, he stressed. This situation, according to him, has led to dwindled economic activities in the region, thereby causing untold hardship for the people of Southern Kaduna and other parts of the state.
He added that the APC-led government has divided the state along religious and ethnic lines that have created fear and mistrust among people. He further pointed out that the track record of the eight years of the APC regime shows that the party has no interest in the progress of the Southern Kaduna region.
He said: “In view of the aforementioned, we hereby aligned with the PDP candidates, Rt. Hon. Isah Ashiru-Dr. John Ayuba which is inclusive and stands the best chance to win the 2023 gubernatorial election because of his capacity, popularity and general acceptability across the state, having won the three Senate seats and 10 House of Representative seats out of 16, with the APC securing just four seats.”
Audu added: “In the PDP, we are convinced that our interest will be safeguarded with him as the governor of Kaduna State. The testimony of PDP running a fair, inclusive government need not be emphasised as its last 16 years in power can bear witness.”