Former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and governorship candidate of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasiru El-Rufai, at the weekend urged his supporters to shun violence no matter the level of provocation.
Addressing thousands of party members and supporters at the weekend in Gwantu, headquarters of Sanga Local Government Area in the southern senatorial zone of Kaduna State, he cautioned his supporters against insulting or fighting anybody, saying that the only weapon to fight for change is their voters’ cards.
“I am passionately appealing to you not to abuse anybody, don’t fight anybody, if somebody looks for your trouble, run away, we are not trouble makers. If anybody slaps you, don’t retaliate, turn the other cheek for him, avoid anything that will lead to violence.
“Your greatest weapon in the struggle for change in Kaduna State and Nigeria is your voters’ card and this change can only be possible if you have your voters’ card,” El-Rufai told the crowd.
The former minister who noted the persistent killings in the southern part of the state, especially in Sanga Local Government Area, decried the level of insecurity in the state and declared that his administration will ensure security of lives and property if elected.
“If you vote APC, we will provide good roads, good schools, good hospitals and improve the quality of lives of our people. But the first step you must take is to ensure that you collect your voters’ card, because it is with the voters’ card that we can demolish PDP.
“If you vote us, there would be change and we will bring an end to the killing of our brothers in southern Kaduna and Birnin Gwari, by arresting the perpetrators and bringing them to justice,” he said.
Also speaking during the rally, chairman of the El-Rufai Campaign Organization and the APC senatorial candidate in Kaduna North senatorial zone, Alhaji Suleiman Hunkuyi, accused the Kaduna State government for allegedly abandoning the projects initiated by the late governor of the state, Mr. Patrick Yakowa, in southern Kaduna.
Hunkuyi noted that despite the support the southern Kaduna people had given the PDP since 1999, there was nothing to show for it, maintaining that the southern Kaduna people have no reason to continue to support the PDP.
“All the projects that were initiated by the late Yakowa in southern Kaduna have been abandoned by the present government. There is no basis for the southern Kaduna people to continue support the PDP because there is nothing to show for the support they had given the party since 1999.
“When the southern Kaduna people came up with a consensus candidate during the PDP governorship primaries, they manipulated the process and claimed that the man got only one vote, how could this be? Hunkuyi alleged.
He further accused Governor Mukhtar Yero for allegedly not visiting victims of the persistent attacks in the southern part of the state to condole with them, declaring that apart from the alleged dismal performance of the governor since he came on board, he (Yero) has no moral justification to seek for the support of people he never showed concern for in their trying moments.