The deputy governor of Kaduna state, Barnabas Bantex, on Thursday, July 26, declared that he would seek election into the Nigerian Senate in the forthcoming general elections.
He said his ambition was to represent Kaduna south in 2019.
Bantex, who made the declaration to journalists, said he was not resigning his position as deputy governor yet.
Premium Times reports that the deputy governor said he was moving to the Senate to be able to deliver quality representation to his people and attract maximum dividends of democracy to them.
He said though it was a difficult decision, “the uncommon goodwill and brotherly relationship he currently enjoys with his principal (governor Nasir El-rufai).
“I have decided to offer myself as the APC candidate for the Kaduna south senatorial district in the forthcoming 2019 election. I will continue to serve as deputy governor of Kaduna state while pursuing this aspiration.
“Our personal and official relationship has given me every confidence in the firm and enduring goodwill of Malam Nasir El-Rufai towards every part of the state. As deputy governor, I have had several opportunities to witness this commitment to equity.
“I regret that some of the elected representation from my zone have not matched this broad-mindedness and constructive approach, in the interest of our people in Zone 3.
”I have therefore come to the conclusion that it is worth leaving the office of deputy governor to put these issues on the ballot, encourage more mature and sober political discourse in the area,” he said.
“This has been a very difficult decision for me in view of the uncommon goodwill and brotherly relationship that I currently enjoy with Malam Nasir El-Rufai who has elevated the relationship between governor and deputy governor to a level of mutual respect, engagement and involvement that is unparalleled in our democracy.
”I am convinced that it is time for our people to firmly reject the poorest senatorial representation Zone 3 has had since 1999.”
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Bantex, a former member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the defunct Action Congress (AC), added: “But I repeatedly pressed him to let me take this step. Nasir El-Rufai eventually conceded after briefing and securing the consent of the president on my desire to pursue this aspiration.
“This is the challenge that I am offering myself to lead, with the blessing of Almighty God.”
Legit.ng earlier reported that senator representing Kaduna central in the National Assembly, Shehu Sani, on Thursday, July 26, declared that he remains a member of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
It was gathered that the senator said this while fielding questions from journalists at the APC national secretariat after a meeting with the party’s national chairman, comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
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