The Kaduna State Deputy Governorship candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. John Ayuba, has attributed the recent attacks in Southern Kaduna to deliberate attempts to disenfranchise the people.
Speaking with newsmen on the sidelines of the 21st Southern Kaduna Prayer Summit held at the weekend in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area of Kaduna State, Ayuba said most people lost their Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, during the attacks.
He noted that although it was already too late for them to revalidate their PVCs, the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, has the responsibility of ensuring that it conducts a free, fair and credible elections.
The former Commissioner of Finance in Kaduna State expressed optimism that the people will be given a free hand to elect leaders who will give a listening ear and ensure that peace prevails, as the primary responsibility of government, to pave way for development.
Ayuba noted that anything short of a change from the current leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State would not be good enough, because people in Southern Kaduna were in need of purposeful leadership.
Also speaking in an interview, the Kaduna South Senatorial candidate of the PDP, Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung, noted that the prayer summit presented an opportunity to people in the area to seek for divine guidance ahead of the elections.
Marshall also echoed the call for the people to be given a free hand to decide who governs them in the elections and will provide quality and equitable leadership in line with their yearnings and aspirations, and said they should avoid a last minute rush to collect their PVC’s.
He called on all those who were able to register in the continuous voters registration exercise to go all out to collect their PVC’s, because it was they strength they had to vote in new leaders who will be able to turn their fortunes around.
While responding to questions from Salama News, the candidate for Jema’a/Sanga Federal Constituency, Dan Amos, noted that prayers have kept the country together, and expressed optimism that the 2023 general elections will be peaceful because of the people’s supplications.
Amos also urged the people to only vote for leaders who have their interest at heart, and said if responsive leaders were voted into office, most of the people’s sufferings would be half-solved, in view of the neglect by the government of the day.
He also lamented the absence of Federal Government’s agencies in the area, and said the electorate should make informed decisions about who would govern them and attract development and equitable governance to them.