Southern Kaduna PDP leaders defect to APC

Asma'u Halilu,Kaduna

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Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State has reiterated his administration’s commitment to improve security and development in the State.

The Governor stated while receiving some heavy weights of PDP members from Southern Kaduna who moved to the APC.

Among those who decamped to the ruling party were, former Commissioners, former Federal and State legislators, former Local Government Council Chairmen and other PDP officials.

They were led by Chief Tony Hassan, the Dokajen Jaba, who said they came to align with Governor El-Rufai and his Deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe to move Kaduna State forward.

Speaking further El-Rufai said, “we are committed with the support of our party to deliver on this. We are going to continue with infrastructure expansion in Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan because they are our three major metropolitan areas”.

“We have undertaken development project across the state without discrimination. We are also going to encourage the LGAs to do similar interventions in their headquarters and other major settlements”, he stressed.

“We have employed people that can help develop our state although we are not where we are supposed to be yet, because Kaduna state gave birth to all the 19 Northern states and the FCT yet, in many areas of infrastructure development, health and education we are behind some of the States we gave birth to”.

He said such issues keep him awake day and night not only to catch up but to surpass those states, saying, it can only be achieved with the support of everyone.

We have to put all hands on deck, it doesn’t matter where you are coming from and who you worship, we all believe in one God and ethnicity, what matters is what you can contribute to our State.“

The Governor explained that, the people of Kaduna deserve the best and assured that government will spend the next three and half years to give it to them.

“And we are going to spend the years with your support and prayers to improve security, unity of purpose and development of the State”.

El-Rufai assured the decampees, that his government is for all and not for  followers of a particular religion or ethnic group; “it is government for all to serve the interest of all”.

Whether the people supported us or not, once elections are over, we are the government of the entire state. We operate with the highest level of transparency and accountability, giving equal opportunity”.

He  thanked the former PDP members for joining the APC to contribute their efforts in uniting and moving the State forward.

Earlier, the leader of the defectors, Mr Tony Hassan reiterated their commitment in working with the present administration to achieve greatness.

“We have come to reaffirm our commitment to join hands for the sake of development of our state.

“We were PDP leaders from various capacities. We have moved to the APC to support the government because El-Rufai’s government is doing what it’s supposed to do for the people,“Hassan said.

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