Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State on Saturday reiterated his administration’s commitment to improving security and developing the state, including encouraging local government areas to do the same.
Yusuf spoke when he received chairmen of three LGAs elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.
The governor, who received them into his own party, New Nigeria People’s Party, also welcomed several heavyweights in the APC.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that among those who crossed to the ruling party were the Chairman of Dawakin Tofa LGA, Alhaji Ado Tamba Kwa, and his Vice Chairman, Yahaya Labour.
Others are Chairman of Nasarawa LGA, Auwal Aramposa, and Chairman of Garin Malam LGA, Mudaisir Aliyu, councilors and advisers.
They were led by Tamba Kwa, who said they came to align with the governor and his deputy, Aminu Gwarzo, to move Kano State forward.
Yusuf said: “We are committed, with the support of our party, to deliver on this project; we are going to continue with infrastructure expansion in all parts of the state.”
He said the purpose of the government was to unite and develop the state.
He added: “We have undertaken development projects across the state without discrimination.
“We are also going to encourage the LGAs to do similar interventions in their headquarters and other major settlements.
“We have to put all hands on deck.
“It doesn’t matter where you are coming from and who you worship.
“We all believe in one God and ethnicity.
“What matters is what you can contribute to our state.”
Governor Yusuf said the people of Kano State deserve the best and assured that the government would spend the next three and half years to give it to them through qualitative leadership.
He said: “We are going to spend the years with your support and prayers to improve security, unity of purpose and development of the state.
“We want to create a new set of future leaders for Kano State.
“We cannot achieve that until we unite and stop listening to ethnic and religious bigots who see everything through the lens of religion.
“Political differences and ethnicity don’t build roads, do not provide education or health care, it is people working together with the unity of purpose.”
Yusuf assured the defectors that his government was for all and not for followers of a particular political party or ethnic group.
He added: “It is the government for all to serve the interest of all.
“Whether the people supported us or not, once the elections are over, we are the government of the entire state.
“We operate with the highest level of transparency and accountability, giving equal opportunities.
“What matters to us is credibility and competence and what you can contribute to the people of Kaduna State.”
Yusuf thanked the former APC members for joining the NNPP to contribute their efforts in uniting and moving the state forward.
Deputy Governor Gwarzo commended the defectors for their decision to join forces with the government to bring about positive changes in the state.
He said: “It is gratifying to see people like you coming to seek collaboration.
“We are going to make Kano the envy of the people of Nigeria.”
Gwarzo assured them of the government’s willingness to partner with all to make the state great again.
The State Chairman of NNPP, Hashimu Gumburawa, said politics was a game and those who played well would achieve its dividends.
Gumburawa said: “Nothing can be so beautiful as what has happened today.
“I am glad more people from different parts of the state are now getting it right.”
Earlier, Kwa, who is also the leader of the defectors, reiterated their commitment to work with the present administration to achieve greatness.
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He said: “We have come to reaffirm our commitment to join hands for the sake of development of our state.
“We were APC leaders from various capacities.
“We have moved to the NNPP to support the government because the Yusuf government is doing what it’s supposed to do for the people.”