…Says, “They lack capacity to manage crises.”
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna State, in 2019, Hon. Isa Ashiru, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led administration lacks the requisite capacity to manage crises, especially as it relates to the security challenges currently ravaging the nation.
Hon. Ashiru, who described it as unfortunate, lamented that APC government has been in office for the past seven years and nothing has been done to the insecurity problem, which he said is deteriorating to an alarming situation.
He made the assertion Tuesday when political support groups loyal to former Kaduna governorship aspirant, Hon Sani Sidi, in 2019, declared their unalloyed support for him in his office in Kaduna.
The group, comprising Kaduna political stalwarts, were received by the immediate past governorship candidate and 2023 Kaduna Governorship hopeful, Hon. Isa Ashiru, and his supporters.
The group, in company of the former majority leader of the State House of Assembly and former commissioner of works, Bashir Zango Ayah, also made their intention known to journalists during an interview at the end of the meeting with the former governorship candidate.
According to them, Hon. Sani Sidi contested 2019 PDP governorship primary election in Kaduna State and lost, and decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party, leaving about 95 percent of them, who were his supporters, behind.
The former lawmaker, who spoke to the media, also stated that Hon. Sani Sidi came third during the Kaduna PDP governorship primary election won by Hon. Isa Ashiru, but later left for APC.
He said “This group was the former campaign group for Hon Sani Sidi during his campaign period of 2019 general election. We followed and served him. He contested and became No.3 in the primary election held on 2019 of PDP. But Sani Sidi defected since, shortly after the primary election to APC, and left behind about 95 percent of his followership that went with him during the campaign and throughout the primaries. We’ve not heard from him again. He is still in the APC,” he said.
Hon. Ayah also said that the Right Honourable Isa Ashiru invited some of them for dialogue with him and showed interest in their group.
“And, today, he called the larger family of the group and they all agreed to come and join forces with Ashiru Campaign Organisation, in order to ‘rescue’ the people of Kaduna State from hardship they’re currently encountering under the APC-led administration.
“And we have also resolved to drop the name Sani Sidi campaign and adopt victory forum, that we have come to join Ashiru victory and for the victory of his campaign and for him to become the governor of Kaduna State in 2023.
Among other prominent political big guns are: Hon. Alex Gruza, J. Yayuk and a whole lots of other supporters left behind by Hon. Sidi.
Earlier, Hon. Ashiru said Sidi political support group has been part of the family and would welcome them back home and embrace, and work together for the victory of PDP in Kaduna State.
“They have been part of the family. It’s not a crime for anybody to be an aspirant. And now that they have realised the fact that we’ve to work together, and they back home, we will embrace them and work together for the victory of PDP in Kaduna State,” he said.
On the insecurity in the state, Hon. Ashiru lamented that the APC-led administration does not have capacity to manage the insecurity crises, adding that, “After seven good solid years in office, the insecurity problem is getting deteriorated to an alarming situation.
“It’s unfortunate that this people – the APC-led administration – have no capacity to manage the crises. They have been in government for the last seven years and, till today, the issue of insecurity is deteriorating to an alarming situation, and nothing serious is been done.
“Yesterday, Monday evening, there was another serious kidnapping in Zaria. People were in traffic jam and they invaded them and took away about a hundred to the bushes.
“So, where are we? And this people have been saying that they are doing their best. I don’t know when they will do their best. For your information, people are migrating from Kaduna to other ‘safe heavens’ … to Kano, which is even better than Kaduna. So, we continue with what we have resulted to, and that is prayers,” Hon. Ashiru stated.