A member of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP in Gombe State at the
State House of Assembly, Rambi Ayala says the party is well prepared and well equipped to take over power from the All Progressives Congress, APC in the 2019 elections.
Ayala told Voice of Nigeria in Gombe that developments leading to the forthcoming party primaries were proof that the party was more organised to go to the polls.
He says that he believes even those who may fail to secure the ticket in the primaries will turn around to support those that will emerge victorious.
Ayala also called on politicians to play a people-centred politics, by putting the interest of the people above personal sentiment, so that they will re-direct their energy to other useful ventures when they lost out in any political contest.
Ayala said he is re-contesting for the membership of the Gombe State House of Assembly under the platform of the PDP, but that if he failed to be re-elected, he would gladly bow out and channel his energy to other profitable ventures.
The PDP State legislator is encouraging his fellow politicians to discourage political violence for the sake of peace, because according to him, no one would want to serve the dead, but people that were alive.
He said people in his constituency, especially the youths, believed in defending what they believe in, but he would not allow them to resort to violence in the name of defending their rights.
Ayala said the PDP is better placed to save Nigeria from collapse, in terms of the economy, because they all have one project in mind, which is Nigeria.
He said for one, the prices of the nomination forms were clear indications of the accessibility of opportunities for its members to vie for various political positions, whether in their States or at the federal level.
Ayala, who is from Billiri East, Gombe Southern Senatorial Zone, believes that the zone has what it takes to equally produce the next governor of the State, because the other two zones had the opportunity to serve the State in the capacity of the governor and as such the Southern part should be given the opportunity to produce the next governor.
He said he is confident that at the moment there were well qualified aspirants for the governorship of the party from the zone, but that they “needed to raise the bar or standard, in order to convince others from the two zones”.
Ayala said he feels he did his best, sometimes beyond the call of duty as a legislator.
“We have been able to provide 25 boreholes in different communities, we’ve been able to provide medical intervention to write a number of individuals, we’ve been able to provide access to Medicare to many communities, through synergy with an NGO, and we’ve been able to do quite a lot. We provided quite a number of students with scholarship, we’ve provided JAMB forms and we’ve encouraged students to go back, those who have not gotten it right in terms of their SSCE. I am glad that the testimonies I am hearing those who were almost on the verge of not to get back in school, have gone back and are doing very well,” he said.
Ayala said all motions he put before the house had translated into the resolutions, which had been moved to the executive, some of them that were being implemented.
Some of them include a soon to be established modern fire station in Billiri, to curb recurring fire disasters and the demarcation of a piece of land between Kaltungo-Shongom and Billiri Local Government Areas, which will solve the recurring communal clashes in the area.