Comrade Joseph Bege Gaiya member of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Concerned Stakeholders Forum in support of power shift to Southern Kaduna in 2023 has called on Gov. Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State to Zone power in the state to the region for fairness and equity.
The group made the call in Kaduna during a press conference it organized to air its political view yesterday.
“We are here to reiterate our commitment and support to mobilize the Kaduna electorate for the APC to win and sustain it self in power in the 2023 general elections so as to consolidate on the laudable legacy projects and strategic reforms our reformer Governor – the architect of Modern Kaduna, His Excellency, Malam Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai has put on ground.
“We also want to associate our selves with His Excellency, Governor el-Rufai’s call for equity and fairness for our great party to zone the Presidency to the Southern part of Nigeria in 2023, having the North held power for eight (8) years by 2023. And our great party seems to have tinkered with this spirit of fairness, having zoned the National party Chairman position to the North, while the South to produce the President.
“Just like Nigeria which has six geo-political zones is politically carved into North and South based on the country’s power equation and treated as such, Kaduna State too, though made up of three Senatorial Zones is politically Northern and Southern Kaduna.
“It is in like manner that we hereby call on His Excellency, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, in the spirit of equity and fair play, support the call for our great party – the APC for power to shift to Southern Kaduna for Office of the Governor in 2023, by then the Northern Kaduna would have held power for 8 solid years of two terms.
“By taking this uncommon step, it will go a long way in giving a sense of inclusiveness towards addressing the power equation in the state; and also help in bringing the whole of the Southern Kaduna fold into the APC fold, having the APC being the only opposition party that has made unprecedented entry in the region from 2015 Governorship election, since the return of democracy in 1999.
“It is worthy of note that the Southern Kaduna region parade an array of credible candidates with sound academic records, experience, proven integrity and capacity to deliver beyond expectations in any office of governance, if given the chance.
“The recent local government election has proven to be a litmus test that, APC has gained so much grounds that yielded votes and won, in some strongholds of the PDP, where APC has never won an election, since 1999. This is a statement of fact and bears no contestation that if power shift to Southern Kaduna, APC will take over Kaduna in totality.
We believe our views are in tandem with the aspirations of our indefatigable Governor, His Excellency, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai in the spirit of continuity and consolidation of a GREATER Kaduna State.”