Kaduna State Governor ,Malam Nasir El-Rufai has called on electorate to consider voting other tribes into elective positions in Chikun, Kajuru and other local government areas of the State .
According to the Governor , there is nothing wrong in giving opportunity to other tribes to contest and lead at all levels of governance .
He urged the electorate to give the Kabilus the opportunity to provide leadership in the House of Assembly ,in the House of Representatives and also in the local government areas since they have majority number.
El-Rufai disclosed , ” We have reached a point in the State that appointments are based on merit and performance ,this is what we believe and we have adopted it as a principle here in Kaduna and expect it to be replicated in election contest .
” APC is a party that gives equal opportunity to candidates at all levels of governance without bias. So ,we are not surprised to see lots of people dumping their parties in the Chikun and other parts of the state to APC .
“More so, that we have done so much in the areas of education; health ,infrastructural development and attracting economic activities for example Olam Industry located in Chikun Local government area to attract lots of decampees into our great party ,APC”.
Speaking during an end of year meeting of other tribes under aegis of Kabilu Unified Forum held at Green Marhaba Hotel ,Kaduna on New Year Eve , the Governor who was represented by his Political Adviser , Mr Ben Kure said from information available,other tribes form about seventy percent of the population in Chikun local government , hence the need to coordinate them and ensure they use the numerical strength to their advantage .
He pointed out that Chikun is amongst the biggest LG ,particularly in Southern Kaduna located in the Central Senatorial zone with Gbagis as the natives , but the Kabilus with a numerical strength of 70 percent feel they have not been able to make their own a member in the House of Assembly ,House of Representatives or even the local government chairman .
” They have supported the Gbagi people to win elections since 1999 .However, they feel it is high time they coordinated themselves as other tribes living here , doing their jobs and paying taxes .
” I am happy they have discovered APC as the suitable party ,which is open and fair to all members as against the norm in other parties ,particularly the PDP that has locked its door and refused other tribes to get the ticket for elective positions .
” So, the meeting is a wake up call to coordinate their numerical strength to capture power in the coming elections .
Fielding question from journalists shortly after the meeting , the Special Adviser on Political Matters to the Governor commended the former APGA candidate in the 2019 House of Representatives election for Chikun/Kajuru constituency ,Hon. Ekene Adams for returning to APC .
He however disclosed , ” It is not just Ekene Adams that has decamped to APC, we have multiple streams of decampment from the PDP to the APC ,so many of them .In fact, it is a basket full,it has even filled up and spilling .We have opened our hands and received them .
” Ekene is a fantastic young man ,very focused personality engaged in sporting activities .And he also cut in the age of the youth group and so it gives him lots of advantage ,because the youth form about 70 percent of the population in the state in the country .
” His return is a as welcome development and that is why lots of people are dumping PDP for APC in Chikun /Kajuru local government areas .
Reacting to question on why he dumped APGA for APC , Hon.Ekene Adams said , “I didn’t decamp ,I came back to the home that is built by us .I only went on a sojourn and I am back to APC the party for all.
” I realised that after I returned to APC , lots of people from Chikun/Kajuru local government areas have been decamping ,because they now see that APC is the party to be ,especially because of the wonderful works Governor Nasir El-Rufai is doing in the State.
The Chairman of Kabilu Unified Forum (other tribes) in Chikun and Kajuru local government areas of Kaduna State,Mr Benjamin Amako said the aim of the meeting is to create a more unified platform for unity and progress of the people .
According to him, If other tribes are united they can use their numerical advantage to capture power at all level of governance
When we use our numerical strength to support Governor Nasir Elrufai led government , we will get all that we need in terms of development and political opportunities .