Makarfi, Ashiru, others deplore El-Rufai’s poor governance in Kaduna.
PDP candidate pledges to revive state
Standard-Bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ) in Kaduna State , Isa Ashiru, yesterday blamed Governor Nasir El – Rufai for poor governance and backwardness of the state .
Ashiru, who promised to return the state to the path of development and unity , spoke at a campaign rally in Zonkwa and Kachia, in Zango Kataf Local Government Area .A former governor of the state , Ahmed Makarfi, assured party supporters that Ashiru would return the state to peace , unity and development, if elected.
Also speaking at the rally , a former Aviation Minister and Kaduna State PDP Chairman , Felix Hassan Hyat , lamented that El – Rufai has plunged the state into hunger and kidnapping. He said : “I feel sorry for Kaduna State now that hunger, killings , large scale job losses and absence of development has been the trade mark of the APC under El -Rufai .
“When you vote for Ashiru, the PDP will take Kaduna State from its present backwardness and tyranny of power , to the days when the PDP constructed roads , built schools , hospitals , and provided rural areas with electricity and many more .”
Makarfi, a former Chairman, Caretaker Committee of the PDP , explained: “ When we came to power in 1999 , we found out then that Col . Hameed Ali , now Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service ( NCS) , had sacked workers in large numbers , but we returned most of them .
“When you vote for Ashiru, our presidential candidate , Atiku Abubakar and all our candidates, we shall return most of you who lost your jobs , and we shall ensure that we continue PDP ’ s trademark , which is unity , security and development. ”
Running mate to Ashiru, representative of Zangon Kataf /Jaba Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Sunday Marshal Katung , cautioned against what he described as “ later day love , ” for the people. Katung expressed disappointment that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) is known for arrogance, deceit, and marginalisation of non-party members , as well as contempt for the people of Zango Kataf .
“Never trust them now that they are wooing you with later day love . If they never loved you for nearly four years, is it now that they will respect and treat you well when you return them to a final lap of four years?” he asked . Immediate past governor of the state , Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero , and former Minister of Environment , Mrs . Laurentia Mallam expressed confidence that Zangon Kataf people would vote for the PDP .