By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
As more aspirants are showing their interest to contest the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP), governorship ticket for 2019, the immediate past National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Director General, Sani Sidi, on Tuesday explained why he want to takeover the Kaduna State Government House as the governor.
Sidi, in his letter of intent, submitted to the chairman of the party, Hassan Hyet, said his desire was borne out of his passion to rescue the state from what he called, “systematic destruction” the state is “currently witnessing by the present crop of heartless leaders”.
“My desire to run for the office of Kaduna state governor springs from my burning passion to rescue our dear state from systematic destruction we are currently witnessing by the present crop of heartless leaders whose only style of leadership is to make life unbearably difficult for the electorate that voted them into power.
“Although they came on the mantra of change and fighting corruption, we have indeed witnessed a change but for the worst. The last three years of their leadership has witnessed corruption of monumental proportion never before witnessed in the history of our country. My aspiration is a rescue missions to save our State from further drift into total collapse.”
He explained that, his vision for Kaduna state is one of a peaceful, united and prosperous state, saying, “God has endowed our dear state with abundant human and material resources, and one of my main goals is to provide the necessary visionary leadership that harnesses these resources together to transform the state for our collective good.”
He assured the party of his continued loyalty, adding, “Mr. Chairman let me assure you that I will continue to remain loyal and committed to the Party in our struggle to regain our mandate.”
“I am here for two reasons. First, I am here to express my appreciation to you Mr. Chairman and your working committee for all your efforts and sacrifices to ensure that our Party and the PDP family continue to remain virile, focused and united in spite of the myriad of challenges that continue to shake their fists before your faces.
“Indeed when it was apparent that the PDP ship was faced with fatal turbulence and many lily-livered leaders/members started jumping ship, you here at the state and our great National Caretaker Committee then led by His Excellency, Sen. Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, a courageous and visionary leader of our time, a democrat per excellence, remained ever faithful, unshaken and resolute even in the face of clear danger and threats. It is this resilience of yours, our leaders that kept our Party from being devoured by wolves that disguised in sheep clothing.
“Mr. Chairman Sir, the second reason of my coming here is to formally inform you of my intention to contest the governorship of Kaduna State in the forth coming 2019 general elections on the platform of our great Party the PDP. This decision was taken after due consultations with my family, friends, political associates and key stakeholders across the State. I have come therefore to seek for your blessing and prayers.
Although in opposition, our party the PDP is still the biggest, strongest and most united. Our robust manifesto and virile constitution have become constant reference points for other parties. Under my leadership, I will ensure the retrenchment of the Principe of Party supremacy where all of us are subjected to the supremacy of the Party irrespective of our political status.
“At this juncture, I wish to call on all of us, especially my co-contestants, that whoever ultimately emerges as candidate of our party should be supported so we can ‘bring back’ our State. I am fully prepared to take the lead in this process. We are a Party that is reputed to have a robust mechanism for resolving internal conflicts following every congress.
“I know we will do it even better this Time around. When we do this, we will take back our state from the jaws of misgovernance. When we do this, we will be able to restore the pride and respect of our traditional and religious institutions that have been desecrated by an opportunistic leadership that seeks to destroy our common heritage. We will stop the kidnappings, abductions, armed robbery and the general insecurity which have become the trademark of the present administration. We must save our educational system by training our teachers, provide good health care, develop our infrastructure and above all, unite our people.” Sidi noted.