👤 Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
Kaduna State Governorship aspirant, Mohammed Sani Sidi, has taken the risk and visited Birnin Gwari, where he concluded his wide consultation with leaders in Kaduna state.
Alhaji Sidi, 52, a former Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, who holds the national title Order of the Federal Republic, is hoping to clinch the PDP Governorship ticket and has spoken to leaders in the 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna about his aspirations, DENISAURUS News understands.
Although he was advised against his visit to Birnin Gwari due to security concerns, the gubernatorial aspirant said it was essential he made the trip by himself in order to share the pains of the people living there.
While addressing a cheering party and campaign supporters during the consultation meeting in Birnin Gwari today, the former NEMA boss said he was in the Local Government Area to commiserate with the people for many lives lost in recent times.
“We are here to share in your pains and agonies, we are here to commiserate with you over what you have been going through. I am genuinely concerned about your plight,” Alhaji Sidi said in a soft laden voice.
He said: “I have been adviced several times against coming to Birnin Gwari due to security concerns. I was advised to invite you (party executives and delegates) to Kaduna for the meeting, but I declined, I choose to take whatever risk to identify with you during these trying times.”
“As a person, I feel highly burdened to comfortably sit in Kaduna and invite you. No responsible person should seek the mandate of a people he cannot visit. And that is why we are here today to assure you that the insecurity in this area will form part of our key priorities if God gives us the opportunity to lead you,” the 52-year-old went on to add.
The current governor Nasir Ahmad Elrufai, a member of the All Progressives Congress has lost favour with many people in the state due to his unpopular policies.
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This paper was reliably informed that Alhaji Sidi’s trip to Birnin Gwari was well received.
In their separate responses, political and community leaders pledged their support to Alhaji Sidi ahead of delegate primaries slated for the 26th of this month.
According to the Chairman of Stakeholders of the party, Alhaji Abdulkadir Jibril, Wazirin Birnin Gwari “Sani Sidi’s presence was very symbolic as he was the only aspirant that had visited Birnin Gwari.”
The Waziri noted that Alhaji’s Sidi’s “visit demonstrates high sense of concern and responsibility. No aspirant has visited us. A few of them invited us to Kaduna because they are scared. And how can you lead a people you do not know their problems? So we have therefore resolved to overwhelmingly vote for Sani Sidi during the forthcoming party primaries.”