2019 Guber Race: Kaduna, Zaria Youths Throw Weight Behind Sen Shehu Sani

Hundreds of youths from Zaria and other communities in Kaduna State have vouched their support for Senator representing Kaduna central Senatorial zone, Senator Shehu Sani, urging him to vie for the 2019 governorship election in the State.

The youth group criticised and faulted the incumbent governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai’s development agenda for the State, saying they have mobilised many to persuade the Senator to contest.

The self-appointed officials of “Senator Shehu Sani Contact and Mobilization Committee,” who paid a courtesy visit on the lawmaker in Kaduna on Democracy Day, said that the decision to mobilize several supporters to enjoin the Senator to contest for the 2019 Governorship election was to draw from his populist and talakawas’ posture in driving development in Kaduna State.

Chairman of the Mobilization Committee, Zaria chapter, Alhaji Yakubu Umar, in his address explained that the need for purposeful development in the State informed the reasons why the group was established. He said that “we need people like you to come out in 2019 to spur development in our State and for the progress of our entire nation.”

Umar said: “We sponsored ourselves in this committee and all the contact and mobilization we are carrying out have to be sponsored by us. We are rooting for you to be our Governor, ‘in sha Allah,’ come 2019.

“We started with 7 people in this Forum but, today, we are now in hundreds. We started from Zaria but, today, we have covered places like Soba, Sabongari, Ikara, Giwa, Saminaka and other environs. We will stand on our feet until you succeed.”

Members of the group complained bitterly against Governor El-Rufai, revealing that all key appointees for juicy offices such as Chief of Staff, Civil Service Commission, among others, came from the same ward with the governor in Zaria.

While receiving members of the group, Senator Sani commended their effort in asking him to contest for the Governorship in 2019, saying that he would study the situation and deliberate with members of the committee as the forthcoming general elections draw closer.

However, Sani lamented the poor level of development in the State, as he criticized Governor Nasir El-Rufai over the proposed plans to build a refinery in the State. He said: “I am here to welcome this strong delegation of groups and association of youths from Zaria city and environs. This is one of so many visits I have been receiving. But this is so special because it is happening during the period of celebration of our democracy when all Nigerians are taking stock of what has happened in the last two years.

“As a Senator representing Kaduna central zone and, from Kaduna State, we are duty-bound to listen to those, who elected us into office, and recount our achievements and challenges,” he explained.

According to Senator Sani, “The people of Zaria that today visited me attest to the level of problems and challenges that we faced as a people in this state,” saying that “I am 100 percent opposed to the attempt to remove the district heads in Kaduna State. District heads have played very important roles in the restoration of peace and order in the state and must be preserved.”

Meanwhile, Governor El-Rufai said recently that the prospect of Kaduna State to have a new refinery that would be producing 50,000 barrels of petrol has brightened, following the signing of an agreement between the state government and a Chinese firm.

“The selection of the firm, CMEC, means that our plan for a greenfield refinery in Kaduna is gathering pace. The project includes laying an associated 400km pipeline from the border of Niger Republic to Kaduna to transfer crude oil to the proposed refinery. Project goals also include the construction of an 80-100 MW power plant adjacent to the refinery.”

EL-Rufai explained that the refinery project is being sponsored by the Kaduna Refinery Consortium, consisting of Kaduna State, DGE/CCEGC and Tianjin, had earlier signed an agreement in Kaduna, committing themselves to the project.

On whose interest, North or Kaduna, would the building of the Kaduna refinery serve? Sani fondly retorted that it was in the interest of the governor to embark on the wide “elephant project.”


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