Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai has said the 2019 general election will not be an easy one between thieves and trust worthy people on Tuesday at the unveiling of the 69 members Campaign Council of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna.
“The 2019 general election is a poll between trust worthy people and thieves, between patriotic leaders and those who went to Abuja to loot our treasury. So, we have to stand up and show them that, Kaduna is not a state that will allow them cheat the people and the masses.
He also stated that All Progressive Congress is the only party that has put the interest of the people before its own needs which is evident in his three years in power, while delivering his address at the launching of the campaign council at Murtala Mohammed Square, in Kaduna.
“What we have done in the last three years is fixing the rot left behind by the 16 years of PDP’s misrule and neglect. But there is a lot more to do, to reset the country on the path of stability and posterity.
He described the opposition party as thieves who have ganged up against the current president.
“Thieves have ganged-up against President Muhammadu Buhari. Yesterday they were in Sokoto, and they rented crowd from Niger Republic just to show people that they have supporters, because Sokoto people refused to come out. So, when it is time to launch President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign in Kaduna, people should come for the whole world to see that, it not Niger Republic people that are disguising as Nigerians.
He urged Nigerians to back up the President Muhammadu Buhari, and other APC candidates in the forthcoming election and assured Nigerians of the undivided support of Kaduna state in the general election.
“With the hard work of our members and the votes of our people, APC won a sterling victory in 2015. The government that we produced has anchored its agenda on putting people first. The APC in Kaduna has since May 2015 focused on running an equal opportunity government. We have tried to empower our people by anchoring our programmes on putting people first. We are making life better and reordering the priority of government to focus on human capital development. At the center of this is education and health”.
“The task in 2019 is to continue to work towards the upliftment of our people. We cannot allow the people whose ideology is looting to return to power. The PDP has nothing to offer the people of Kaduna state and they have nothing to offer the rest of Nigeria. Over 16 years, they left most of our 4,250 primary schools in terribly bad conditions; many did not have toilets, roofs, windows or doors. They left schools where more than half of the pupils had no desk or chairs. In some schools, number of children sitting on the floor was more than 90 per cent.
“The PDP left terribly bad health indices with high maternal and infant mortality and low investment on health. Many primary health centers were left as just buildings without staff and equipment. We are correcting all these mess. We are tackling fraud and waste. We have rescued all our local government councils from bankruptcy. When we came in, eight out of our 23 local government could not pay salaries. Today, each and every one of them came pay salaries and have at least 50 million left every month.” He said.
The campaign council was inaugurated by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (North), Alhaji Lawal Shuaibu.
Other Members present ; Minister of Finance, Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed, NPA MD, Hadiza Bala Usman, Deputy Governor, Architect Barnabas Yusuf Bala, Deputy Governorship Candidate, Hadiza Balarabe, Senatorial Candidates, Uba Sani and Suleiman Abdul Kwari, Jimi Lawal, APC Chairman, Emmanuel Jekada and Alhaji Umar Gana among others.