The Oasis Reporters
September 28, 2018
Residents of Chikun and Kajuru Local Government areas under the auspices of Southern Kaduna Concerned Political Forum have warned the All Progressives Congress (APC) against the imposition of candidates without electoral value during the forthcoming party primaries in Kaduna State.
The residents ,who are also APC members of the Kaduna Central Senatorial zone that includes Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Birnin-Gwari, Igabi,Chikun, Kajuru and Giwa Local Government Areas said APC must thread with caution in fielding “unpopular” candidates for the general election .
According to the residents, the only way a credible candidate can emerge without controversy and disenchantment is to adopt the Direct mode of primary election .
Speaking to journalists after an emergency meeting held at Kujama today, to decide on candidates to vote for in the 2019 general election, the Chairman of the Forum, Comrade Friday Jagudo said any attempt to field any candidate outside Senator Shehu Sani will be resisted.
He said as members of Chikun and Kujuru local government areas, “We have studied and followed the activities of Senator Shehu Sani in the hallowed red chamber and are satisfied with his quality representation.
“We see no reason a good and grassroots politician such as Senator Shehu Sani should be denied the right to represent us again, especially when we have collected our PVCs and ready to return him to the Senate.
While urging APC to consider merit and performance, the group maintained that l”Senator Shehu Sani has impacted on the lives of many people in the zone especially the downtrodden and should be given another chance to return to the Senate.”
He however said what should be of paramount importance to the party is how to win and retain the seat during the elections.
Jagudo noted, “the defection of Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi of Zone 1 to the opposition and zone 3 already in their hands, the major focus of the party is how to retain the seat and the only sure option is Shehu Sani.
” We have resolved to take our complaints and decision to the public as well as our dismay over the plot to replace our Senator with another aspirant, because this is not in our interest.
“We have testified to the fact that Shehu Sani has performed very well and we want him to come back to continue the good work.
“We are calling on the National Chairman of our great party Adams Oshiomhole to intervene in this matter ot else we embark on protest vote if the state leadership imposes any aspirant on us”.