Southern Kaduna PDP leaders defect to APC

Governor Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Friday reiterated his administration’s commitment to improve security and development in the state.
El-Rufai stated this while receiving some “heavy weights PDP members“ from Southern Kaduna who moved to the APC.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that among those who decamped to the ruling party were former Commissioners, former Federal and State legislators, former Local Government Council Chairmen and other PDP officials.
They were led by Chief Tony Hassan, the Dokajen Jaba, who said they came to align with Governor El-Rufai and his deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe to move Kaduna State forward.
Speaking further El-Rufai said: “we are committed with the support of our party to deliver on this , we are going to continue with infrastructure expansion in Kaduna, Zaria  and Kafanchan because they are our three major metropolitan areas.
He said the purpose of the present government is to unite and develop the state.
“We have undertaken development project 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 employed people that can help develop our state although we are not where we are supposed to be yet, because Kaduna state gave birth to all the 19 Northern states and the FCT yet in many areas of infrastructure development, health and education we are behind some of the states we gave birth to.
“This is what keeps most of us awake day and night not only to catch up but to surpass those states and we need everyone.
“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.”
He said the people of Kaduna state deserve the best and assured that the government would spend the next three and half years to give it to them.
“And 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 new set of future leaders for Kaduna state.
“We realize that we are old and not supposed to be here, we are products of circumstances.
“Some of the chairman, members house of assembly and commissioners are the new set of leaders.
“We cannot achieve that until we unite and stop listening to ethnic and religious bigots who see everything through the lens of religion.
“Religion and ethnicity don’t build road, do not provide education or health care, it is people working together with the unity of purpose.”
El-Rufai assured the decampees, that his government is for all and not for followers of a particular religion or ethnic group: “it is government for all to serve the interest of all.
“Whether the people supported us or not, once elections are over, we are the government of the entire state.
“We operate with the highest level of transparency and accountability, giving equal opportunity.
“What matters to us is credibility and competence and what you can contribute to the people of Kaduna state,” El-Rufai added.