by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) has reiterated its calls to members not to vote a (political) party that humiliated their Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, elders and leaders, encouraged insecurity, kidnappings, collection of ransom and massacre of its people.
A statement issued by Union’s President, Hon. Jonathan Asake, ahead of all LG council polls, including the rescheduled polls, also advised members of SOKAPU not to vote a party that didn’t create chiefdoms for their people but instead, is eager to balkanize them, downgrade their chiefs, change the names of their Chiefdoms without its consent.
“As you are aware, SOKAPU is a non-partisan organization, but we are interested in good governance that will bring development not only to Southern Kaduna, but to the entire state and Nigeria.
“So, when you go out to vote tomorrow, be guided by the following:
Mobilize and come out enmass to vote. After you have voted, don’t leave, stay and protect your votes and ensure that they are counted and recorded correctly.
“Remember, even though you are voting for individuals, they represent their political parties as well. So, a vote for any individual is a vote for their political party. Don’t vote for a party that manipulates our diversity to cause disunity,” it stated.
SOKAPU also urged members, thus: “Don’t vote for a party that abandoned our people and encouraged insecurity, kidnappings and collection of ransom, massacre of our people, displacement of our people into IDP camps, destruction of our farmlands, and occupation of our homelands.
“Don’t vote for that party that didn’t create chiefdoms for our people but instead, is eager to balkanize them, downgrade our chiefs, change the names of our Chiefdoms without our consent, and humiliated our Traditional Rulers, Religious Leaders, elders and leaders.
“Don’t vote for a party than takes pleasure in demolishing our homes and business premises without following due process or providing alternatives.
“Don’t vote for a party that unduly and mercilessly sacks Civil Servants and Teachers without paying them their disengagement benefits.
“Don’t vote for the party that takes pleasure in jailing anyone opposed to their draconian style of governance.
“Don’t vote for a party that promotes nonadherance to the rule of law. Don’t vote for a party that is enslaving future generations by recklessly taking loans without any meaningful amenities or infrastructural development in our communities.
“Let’s protect our votes; let’s protect Southern Kaduna, let’s protect Kaduna and our future by voting rightly and wisely.
“God bless you all and may God continue to bless Southern Kaduna, Kaduna State and the entire Nigeria,” it stated.