Kaduna Guber: Uba Sani is our preferred candidate — AYCF
By: Our Correspondent
The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) Kaduna State chapter has given reasons for endorsing the candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Kaduna State Governorship election as their preferred candidate.
A statement issued by the State Chairman of the forum, Sagir Umar, stated that the forum has been following closely the 2023 general elections, which started with the President and National Assembly Polls, and wishes to state categorically that it was largely orderly.
“We know that INEC and her BVAs cannot be perfect, but the electoral umpire has done its best in the circumstance. As Nigerians, we have learned one important lesson: a candidate may not necessarily win his/her immediate constituency once the election is free and fair.
“We have also noticed this reality in the performance of each of the three presidential candidates, who lost in places that were least expected. We pray that the last and final lap of the 2023 general elections takes place peacefully.
“Meanwhile, as a forum, we have closely studied the various antecedents of the Kaduna State Governorship candidates and have concluded to pitch our tent with distinguished Senator Uba Sani of the APC. Our stand is not because he is just an APC candidate but based on findings carried out by our organization.
“On the scale of performance as a representative of the people in the Red chambers, he has broken record with some 32 bills of relevance to the economic and social well-being of his constituents.
“He is the best friend of the poor people in Kaduna because he has provided portable drinking water and improved low levels of literacy by investing heavily in education.
“He has helped Small-Scale businesses with capital to boost their entrepreneurship. He has trained persons in their thousands to be self-employed, thereby creating a reservoir of millionaires, using the financial inclusion policy of the CBN.
“He has lent support to victims of banditry and remains the only politician in the current dispensation to share special financial, feeding, and material support to the survivors of these attacks. He has also provided vehicles for the vigilante services to complement the efforts of security agents in Kaduna State.
“He is still leading in supporting the orphans, disabled, widows, and other underprivileged persons with food, clothing, and other forms of support.
“He is also leading in supporting the promotion of religious scholarships and the provision of alternative power sources like solar panels to mosques and churches in Kaduna as well as boreholes in rural communities, running into hundreds of millions of Naira.
“Our findings also showed that Senator Uba Sani has been an apostle of politics without bitterness, building bridges across religious and ethnic boundaries, just like the typical broad-minded Northern politician.
“Generally speaking, Senator Uba Sani is well ahead of all his rivals in terms of caring for the welfare of the masses of our people as a person and officially as a lawmaker. He has demonstrated passion, and timelessness in the service of poor people for many years.
“As AYCF Kaduna State Chairman, I can testify that Senator Uba Sani has played a leading role in the fight against the military dictatorship, especially during the NADECO era. He remains a symbol of the struggle for most of us in the human rights community. He gave his best to the emergence of the current democracy and Rule of Law in Nigeria.
“In view of the above reasons and in the spirit of purposeful societal development, we wish to declare our full support for the governorship ambition of Senator Uba Sani.
“We should not forget that he is so far the most experienced of all the Kaduna 2023 governorship candidates, with civil rights activism, years of public service (including once serving as an adviser to the Nigerian president), and numerous other political engagements.