One of the leading gubernatorial aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Kaduna State, Senator Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi has accused Governor Nasir el-Rufai led administration of “maltreating and injuring” the people of Southern Kaduna despite ensuring his victory in 2014 governorship primaries.
He said “no region in Kaduna State, under the current government of el-rufai that is sidelined, maltreated and psychologically injured like Southern Kaduna.”
Hunkuyi, a servant Senator representing Kaduna North made the declaration on Friday at the consultative meeting with PDP hierarchy, stakeholders and interest groups in Southern Kaduna.
The Senator who recently dumped the APC to PDP, called on Southern Kaduna people to be pragmatic because the region is strategically placed and will determine who wins the 2019 gubernatorial election.
Hunkuyi promised that every District Head, Primary school Teachers and other civil servants that were sacked by El-rufai without due process will be returned to office in his first week in office.
According to Hunkuyi, the ordinary people of Kaduna State, today, have no adversary that is more than El-rufai.
He urged the people of the state, especially opinion moulders, religious leaders, sacked workers and parents that their children are suffering the ill-informed policies of Gov. El-rufai, particularly in the educational sub-sector to see the consensus to unseat El-rufai as a personal project.
Hunkuyi lamented the poor state of infrastructures in the state and the staggering debt accrued over the period of 3 years as a result of non-payment of pension and you other entitlement to pensioners and workers.
“El-rufai has destroyed Kaduna state through unwarranted liabilities, which have piled up over the period of 3 years due to non-payment of pension and entitlements of sacked workers, which is totalling up to N34bn,” he said.
If given the mandate, Hunkuyi assured that he will engage Southern Kaduna leaders to come forward with the region’s priorities that will help improve the prosperity of the region.
“However, it is disaster to just wish to remove El-rufai without thinking of a good and better replacement. After the PDP primaries, if I eventually picked the party’s ticket, El-rufai will know that he is defeated already,” he added.
Hunkuyi warned against complacency, saying, “among the 10 PDP aspirants, there is a mole that is not in the race for the interest of the party. But, he is just in the race as a spoiler and if you mistakenly give him the ticket is like PDP doesn’t have a candidate.