The leadership of the Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association, SKCLA, has fixed January 14th 2023, as the date to give a direction for the Christendom regarding the forthcoming governorship elections in Kaduna state.
The Chairman of the association, Apostle (Dr.) Emmanuel Nuhu Kure disclosed this during a parley between the association and gubernatorial candidates in the state, as well as a prayer session by the Association held in Kafanchan on Monday.
Highlighting some of the conditions that will determine the direction, Apostle Kure said the fear of God was a cardinal condition that a gubernatorial candidate must possess to attract the support of the association during the election.
He explained that a candidate must equally have a fair understanding of governance, both locally and internationally to be able to meaningfully develop not only Southern Kaduna but the entire state.
The SKCLA Chairman added that for a gubernatorial candidate of the state to enjoy the support of the people he must also indicate significant interest to fight corruption, as according to him, it was the bane of development.
On the crisis bedeviling the state in general and Southern Kaduna in particular, Apostle Kure said enough was enough of the unhealthy development and urged for genuine reconciliation between the people in the northern and Southern parts of the state.
Earlier in his presentation, the Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress, ADC, Senator Caleb Zagi, said his administration if voted into power will focus on a 9-point agenda which included unity, security, health, agriculture and industrialization, education, tourism, accountability, and sports.
On his part, the Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Isah Ashiru Kudan, said he will concentrate on five agendas containing skill-based education, a functional health system, and assured that he would give the citizens of the State a sense of belonging through equitable distribution of dividends of democracy.
Ashiru also noted that if voted into office, he would want to be remembered for wearing a human face in his dealings with civil servants and the traditional institutions.
Also speaking, the People’s Redemption Party’s candidate, Hayatudeen Makarfi, lamented that the future of the younger generation has been mortgaged by the hike in fees in tertiary institutions in Kaduna State, and disclosed plans to create wealth through artificial intelligence.
Meanwhile, a former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, charged the candidates to set aside selfishness and reverse the current trend in the country’s politics for the common good of everyone.
Makarfi, who said this on the sidelines of the parley held between Governorship Candidates and Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders, added that Nigeria needed a government of unity, called for a common agenda among the various contenders to enable them overcome the myriad challenges bedeviling the State in particular.
He lamented that the opposition was fragmented, and said they should close ranks and be formidable to be able to unseat the present administration in the 2023 general elections.