by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Kaduna State, Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, has said the choice of Dr. Sani Mazawaje as deputy governorship candidate of the party is based on recognition of diversity of the religion and democratic principles, politics and election.
He disclosed this in Kaduna Friday during a ceremony for the official public unveiling and presentation of the deputy governorship candidate of NNPP, Dr. Sani Mazawaje.
Senator Hunkuyi said the two paper presenters and academicians, Dr. Peter Waziri and Prof. Dauda Ishaya, did justice to the occasion by giving them all the light and guides behind the reasons why NNPP has found it expedient, necessary, profitable and competent to choose from one of their own.
“The two academicians have done justice to the occasion, in my own opinion, by giving us all the lights and guides behind the reasons why the NNPP has found it expedient, necessary, profitable and competent to choose from one of our own,” he said.
The duo of Dr. Peter Waziri and Prof. Dauda Ishaya had earlier presented papers on ‘Adara People -The Journey so Far’ and on ‘Contemporary Government Policy in the Socioeconomic Development of Kaduna State, from 2015 to date.’
According to Hunkuyi, elections-and-politics is about the people and could authoritatively be said that choice of running mate from Adara ethnic group was based on principles of democracy in experience of election in due consideration of their dear Kaduna State.
Responding, the deputy governorship candidate of NNPP and retired civil servant, Dr Sani Mazawaje, urged electorate to put their personal interests and differences apart and join hands to actualize the Hunkuyi-Mazawaje mandate, for the betterment of the people in Kaduna State in general.
“This NNPP ticket is loaded with experience, expertise and academic excellence, a duo that can stand in any part of the country, if not the world, and be counted.
“Let me tell my brothers and sisters from Southern and Northern parts of Kaduna State that the dawn (or rebirth) of a New Kaduna State is by the corner; a new Kaduna State that will restore our dignity as equal partners in the affairs of our state. The Hunkuyi that I know will do just that,” he stated.
Earlier in his paper, titled, ‘Adara People – The Journey so Far,’ Dr. Peter Waziri revealed that Adara is the most largest ethnic group in Kaduna State after Hausa-Fulani, according to 1963 census, and are found in Kaduna and Niger States.
He, however, recalled and lamented that Kaduna State Government subjected the people of Adaraland and balkanized their Chiefdom and their pride, in 2018.
According to him, until date the tussle between Adara chiefdom, being the largest after Zazzau Emirates in Kaduna State, has not been resolved. He, however, stressed that as people of share optimism, the tussle will be resolved amicably, in line with principles of collective bargaining and peaceful resolution.
He, however, noted that the Adara inhabitants are facing numerous challenges of insecurity and live in adjective poverty – with many leaving in IDP camps, and appealed that something should be done fast to resettle them so as to avoid disenfranchising them during elections in 2023.
Earlier, the state party secretary, who represented the chairman, appreciated the dignitaries and promised the party democratic dividends, if formed government in 2023, as Prof. Dauda Ishaya in his paper spoke extensively on lack and human-faced policies of the current APC government.