By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Group under the guise of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Zone 1 Concerned Stakeholders Kaduna state have listed three criteria that’ll determine the choice of Governor Nasir El-Rufai successor in primary for 2023 governorship election.
The group led by Engr. Ahmed Yahaya and many others, while addressing press conference on Monday in Kaduna, said geographical location, consolidation and continuity as well as competence, character and acceptability would be used as criteria for the choice of El-Rufai successor.
“After lengthy deliberations and consultations, on behalf of our people, we make bold to demand for the following on the choice of a successor to our leader, HE Mall Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai.
On geographical location, they explained that “It isn’t by chance that the state is divided into different senatorial zones, but for political parties and politicians to be fair and strategic.
“For instance, the Senator, the 6 members of the House of Representatives, 11 out of the 12 State Assembly members, 7 out of the 8 council Chairpersons from the Zone are all from the APC, however, none of the Governor, Deputy Governor, the two Ministers, Party Chairman, Party Secretary, Women Leader, Youth Leader or the State representative at the national APC are from the Zone. Yet, the performance of the party especially in Zone 2 has been declining.
“Consolidation and Continuity: The unprecedented infrastructural and systematic reforms the State had witnessed recently must be sustained. We therefore need a candidate that is competent, team player and indeed familiar with policies and development agenda of the current administration of Mal. Nasir El-Rufai.
“Competence, Character and Acceptability as Malam had demonstrated in the last 7 years, the next Governor of the State must be bold, well educated and charismatic enough to discuss matters related to the development of the State and articulate them, we need that to be sustained, we wouldn’t appreciate anything below that.
We believe that our views as presented above are in line with the aspirations of OUR leader, HE MAE and his team, as such we are in the same page”, the stated.
Earlier, the leader of the group said “lt is known to everyone that our zone is the strongest for the APC in the State, our consistent performance are undoubtedly outstanding in all previous elections of 2015 and 2019 and the recent local government elections.
“Some of us here were State and Zonal party executives, returning agents of the party, former government officials and contestants, but most importantly, we are genuinely concerned about the future of the party and consolidating on the gains made by the administration of Mallam Nasir Ahmed Elrufa’i and the future of our great party, the APC.
“We believe that our views and stands on the fort coming party primary election of our great party should be listened to and respected. In particular, as it affects the choice of a predecessor to our leader, Mall. El-Rufai.
There were representations from a coalition of energetic, enthusiastic and esteemed (E3) members of the APC Zone One Concerned Stakeholders from Kaduna State, during the press conference.