Eight governorship candidates in the forthcoming Kaduna State governorship election on March 11, 2023, have unanimously endorsed the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Rt. Hon. Isah Muhammad Ashiru Kudan.
The governorship candidates were those of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), Action Alliance (AA), Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Action Peoples Party (APP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), National Rescue Movement (NRM), Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Accord Party (AP).
Addressing a press conference in Kaduna on Monday, the chairman of the Rescue and Rebuild Gubernatorial Candidates Forum, Ambassador Sanin Yaya, said after due consultations with their members and supporters across the State, they have resolved to join forces with the PDP candidate to oust the All Progressives Congress (APC) that has inflicted so much pains on Kaduna people.
According to the text of the conference read by Amb. Yaya, who was flanked by other governorship candidates, he said: “Today, we wish to announce our support and loyalty to Rt. Hon. Isah Muhammad Ashiru Kudan, the gubernatorial candidate of the PDP.
“We took this decision after extensive consultation with our party members as well as the good people of Kaduna State.
“This decision is bone out of our genuine desire to have one indivisible state irrespective of tribal or religious differences, and we are confident that Isah Ashiru Kudan is the only candidate that will unify the State.
“These can be seen from the manner of his campaign which is aimed at building Kaduna State, and as well from the selection of his running mate which has given fair representation to both Christians and Muslims who are the two major stakeholders in the State.
“As some desperate politicians have turned the political space into a hub of religious sentiments, Isah Ashiru chose to stand by issue-based campaigns only and embracing religious coexistence.
“I want to use this opportunity to remind the good people of Kaduna State of the hardship and pain inflicted on them by this APC administration, from unjustified high rate of taxes to authoritative leadership and ego. From increase of school fees in tertiary institutions to unlawful disengagement of teachers, local government staff and the removal of traditional rulers.
“It is on these grounds that we call on our people to stay away from the APC candidate who is only a puppet to his paymaster who will continue with their anti-masses policy in the State.
“On these note; myself, Amb. Sanin Yaya the gubernatorial candidate of the young progressives party and other five (5) gubernatorial candidates of AA, APM, APP, APGA and NRM as well as the leadership of Accord Party and ZLP, have today the 6th of February 2023 wish to endorse his Excellency RT. Hon. Isah Ashiru Kudan, Sarkin Bai Zazzau and his Excellency Dr. John Ayuba as our concensus candidates.
“Therefore, we urge the good people of Kaduna State to come out enmass on the 11th of March to vote for Ashiru/Ayuba for a better Kaduna State.
Accepting his endorsement, the governorship candidate of the PDP, Hon. Ashiru Kudan commended the governorship candidates and assured them of carrying them along in an inclusive government when he assumes power on May 29, 2023.