The lawmaker representing Kaduna North Central at the National Assembly, Uba Sani, has announced his interest to contest for the seat of governor in Kaduna state.
Legit.ng's regional reporter in Kaduna, Nasir Dambatta, reports that Senator Sani made the declaration to run for the number one seat in Kaduna at the state's secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday, March 15.
The lawmaker, while stating that he was at the party's secretariat to seek support for his political call to lead residents of the state, said the cooperation of the people and the party members would be appreciated.
At a public presentation in Kaduna with the theme of sustaining and building on a legacy of outstanding public service and impact, Senator Uba stressed his long-standing alliance with "the pace-setting, innovative and resourceful Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai."
Uba who said that Governor Elrufai has changed the face of Kaduna and made it the envy of all, also made on-the-spot donations of 59 cars in appreciation of the work of the state APC executives and local government chairmen.
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"I donate 59 cars to them to help facilitate their work and motivate them to prepare for the 2023 electoral battle."
Sani noted that Elrufai's transformational leadership and developmental drive has redefined and raised the bar of governance, he said the high standards he has set is both a source of pride and a challenge to his associates and loyalists.
The occasion was eminently graced by party bigwigs including the state chairman, deputy chairman, secretary, and other members of the state executive committee.
Delivering the declaration address, Uba Sani observed that under El Rufa’i, Kaduna state has undergone a major revolution.
"The state has been totally reworked; and this is evidenced in the remarkable milestones the State has recorded in policies, infrastructure, health, education, water resources, agriculture, agribusiness, to list but a few. It is truly new dawn in Kaduna state."
"The huge challenge before the state, he said, is how to sustain and build on El-Rufai's legacy of outstanding public service and impact.
"This is because a reversal of these gains in the post-2023 era will be a huge tragedy. Our people have witnessed selfless and impactful leadership and cannot settle for anything less."
“I came to inform you of my intention to contest for the governorship seat under the APC. I also need your support to achieve this aim."
Senator Uba said he stepped forward to carry the banner of continuity as El-Rufai’s understudy, adding that he has worked closely with the governor and understands his vision and mission.
He emphasised that he stands in good stead to sustain his vision and mission as he is conversant with the developmental challenges of Kaduna state.
Sani recalled that he had worked very closely with El Rufa’i for over 20 years – spanning his days at the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE), the period he served as the minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
The lawmaker stated:
"And when President Olusegun Obasanjo appointed me senior special assistant on public affairs, I benefitted immensely from wise counsels from El Rufa’i, who was at the time, a key and highly respected member of the Obasanjo administration. I have remained a key ally of the Governor since he assumed office as the Governor of Kaduna state."
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Samaila Suleiman, a former member of the House of Reps said his defection was informed by the party's alleged 'factionalisation' at the national level.
Suleiman who represented Kaduna North Federal Constituency was, however, silent on if he would be joining another party.
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Hunkuyi announced the new development in a letter to the chairman of his ward in the Kudan local government area of Kaduna state.
In the letter dated February 25, the former lawmaker said he has withdrawn his membership from the PDP.