. . . As Emotional Ashiru, Laah Mourn Death Of Three Supporters, Large Crowds
MANCHOK: Former Minister of Aviation, Chief Felix Hassan Hyat, on Thursday, accused the rulling All Progressive Congress, (APC) in Kaduna State of failing in all its 2015 campaign promises to the people “in a shocking bad style” and as such, according to him, do not deserve to be entrusted with power again.
Hyat, who is Kaduna State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), made the accusation during the combined PDP 2019 campaigns of the Ashiru/Katung Gubernatorial Campaign Organisation tour in Gwantu, Sanga Local Government Area (LGA) .
The 2019 PDP gubernatorial and senatorial candidates in the state, Hon. Isah Ashiru, and Senator Danjuma Laah respectively, were emotion laden after an accident among the convoy of the Ashiru/Katung campaign train claimed the lives of three of it members.
The two were also over awed by the large turnout of the supporters who came out in a festive mood in Sanga and Kaura LGAs to express their support for the PDP.
The running mate to Governor Nasir El-Rufai – the 2019 gubernatorial flag bearer of the APC for the State – Dr. Hadiza Balarabe is from Sanga, while Kaduna State deputy Governor, Arc Bala Bantex is from Kaura LGA. He is also the APC Senatorial candidate for Kaduna South Senatorial District.
The size of the crowd that received Ashiru, according to long time residents of Gwantu, is unprecedented since 1979.
Hyat, who addressed the party supporters in Gwantu, started by regretting the passing away of the three faithfuls who had been escorting the entourage on the Fadan Karshi-Gwantu express way to Gwantu. One minute of silence was observed in their honour.
Before the rally took off, Ashiru, his running mate, Hon. Sunday Marshall Katung and top members of the campaign train had visited two persons who sustained injuries in the accident in which the three died.
Ashiru expressed his sympathy and promised to pick the medical bills that will be incurred, after dropping down an unspecified sum. One of the deceased was Mrs Rahila Thomas, PDP Women Leader of Ara Ward in Sanga LGA. The identity of the other two could not be ascertained at the time of filling this report.
Some account said that length of the convoy was unusually long and large, prompting impatient motorists to take untowards measures to be among the lead, as such endangering their safety. Another account said that the Mazda car had a burst tyre.
Ashiru instructed that all forms of music, drumming and any form of celebration be banned in respect of the departed three during the Gwantu rally.
Hyat said: “The APC promised roads in rural areas, but did non in Sanga and most parts of the state. They promised you more jobs, but sacked your sons and daughters in large numbers, then employed non residents of Kaduna state and made them bosses over us.
“The APC promised you security and peace; instead you now have killings, kidnappings and the words and actions of the APC is the greatest threat to peace in Kaduna state.
“Again, the APC bragged that it will turn Kaduna into Dubai, but today Kaduna is probably the dirtiest city in northern Nigeria, with demolished properties making it look ugly.
“The APC said it will build more houses for us; today they could not build one room. Instead they sold all the houses the PDP built for civil servants, including property built as far back to Sir Ahmadu Bello time in the ’50s and ’60s.”
He also alleged that the APC has destroyed education in the State.
“The APC has failed in a shocking bad style, because people very much trusted them, against all caution from the PDP,” he said.
“Sanga cannot afford to be fooled twice,” he told the cheering crowd.
Ashiru, on his part was calm and rather emotional when he spoke.
“I thank you, the people of Sanga for the show of this love. I shall never disappoint you if you trust me with mandate,” he said.
An hour later, the campaign train reached, Manchok, Kaura LGA, to a cacophony of massive, uncontrolled revelling by several dance groups and individuals. The size of the Manchok crowd was even larger than that of Gwantu.
Senator Danjuma Laah, who waved through the roof top of his jeep at the sea of humans which throng around it, while more almost mobbed Ashiru who had to walked to his seat, sobbed intermittently in joyful appreciation.
“I never expected that you have so much love for Ashiru and I. You have honoured me and make me strong. I want to assure you that, Atiku, Ashiru, myself and all the PDP candidates will do our best for you,’ he said.
Former Minister of Environment, Mrs. Laurentia Mallam, told the gathering that the suffering that had been endured in the past three years and seven months must not continue to another term of APC.
“Look at how suffering has reduced everyone to paupers,” she said.
“If they don’t care about our welfare at this level that they are desperate to get a second term, is it at the next level when they will not need your votes that they will care?” she asked.
“Their Next Level means death to all of us. We must use our PVCs to stop the APC,” she said.
Ashiru, again said he was over awed by the large turnout. He assured the throng of his commitment to improve the wellbeing of Kaura and Kaduna State.
Fielding questions from the media at the event, Deputy Campaign General of the Ashiru/Katung Campania Organisation, Hon. Danjuma Sarki, said: “We have never doubted our popularity in Sanga and Kaura. We have done our home work well. But, most importantly, the wicked, anti people policies of the current government in Kaduna has also helped us. Again, Ashiru has package a workable working plan to restart Kaduna state, and our people trust him that he will deliver,” he said.
The rally continues today in Kajuru and Chikun LGAs