Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Barrister Yakubu Dogara and Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa state have challenged the electorate in Kaduna South Senatorial District to present a common front in the upcoming general elections and vote for leaders who will place issues concerning the area on the front burner of national discourse.
They threw the challenge on Tuesday in Zonkwa, Zango Kataf Local Government Area of Kaduna State, during a flag off of election campaign and presentation of flags to candidates of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The former Speaker noted that good leadership would ensure unity, and added that unless supporters of the PDP close ranks and vote for the party in the coming general elections, they cannot overcome the myriad of challenges bedeviling the area.
Dogara, who was the Guest Speaker at the event, also cautioned people in Southern Kaduna against wasting their votes on candidates of other political parties who do not stand the chance of winning, as it could mar the chances of the PDP.
On his part, Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Duoyi Diri, who was the Special Guest, lamented the hardship people were facing as a result of the misrule by the All Progressives Congress, APC, and said the only way to bring about positive change was to vote it out of power.
Diri said Nigeria was in dire need of leaders who will unite and serve the people, and added that based on antecedents, only the PDP is capable of putting Nigeria back on the path of development.
He lamented the insecurity experienced especially in Southern Kaduna, and said the country requires a detribalized leader who will ensure unity among the citizens, as the PDP was the only viable and veritable option to the APC.
In his speech on behalf of other candidates, the Kaduna South Senatorial candidate, Barrister Sunday Marshall Katung, assured that if voted into office, they will come up with a common agenda that will guide their activities for the good of the area.
Katung said they will work and lobby for projects so that the people can derive maximum benefits of democracy, and cautioned the electorate against experimenting with the APC again, after the untold hardship it has meted out on Nigerians.
He also said they will ensure equity and justice in all of their dealings, and added that the people should hold them responsible if they fail to deliver on their mandates.