From Mohammad Ibrahim, Kaduna
The endorsement of Senator Zigo Aziz from Southern Kaduna to vie for the state governorship election by some elders of the zone seemed to have torn the people of the area apart as major political stakeholders and youth groups kicked against his adoption as sole governorship aspirant in the zone under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Former Minister of Aviation Hassan Hyet who is also a governorship aspirant from the same zone distanced himself from the “so called adoption” of Senator Aziz by the elders.
According to him, he was not a party to that arrangement, adding that it is not a decision of Southern Kaduna, because Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) is the only mouth piece of Southern Kaduna people.
He added that the issue is also political and involves the state and not just a section of the state.
“It is equally not a religious issue for any religious leader to sign any press release” he said.
The former minister called on his supporters to ignore such endorsement, and that all aspirants from the zone contesting for governorship seat in 2015 are still very much in the race.
The adoption of Senator Aziz has also been condemned by various concerned groups within the PDP in the zone, who said “Those that endorsed him are just a group of his friends and such friends are not even card carrying members of PDP.”
In an interview with newsmen, spokesperson for the groups, Mr. Victor Bobbai Matthew, a Special Assistant to three former governors on youth matters said no political group has the right in the zone to speak except the deputy Governor.
He said “only the Deputy Governor has the right to speak because he is from our zone and our leader, the leadership of our party is not aware of such meeting that endorse Senator Aziz.”
Bobai noted that those involved in the “so-called endorsement” are not card carrying members of the PDP neither are they representing the political interest of the southern Kaduna people.
The former student union leader decried attempts by Senator Aziz to “hoodwink” unsuspecting delegates by using his friends, relations, retired military officers and clergymen to endorse his ambition
He said any meeting of the party in the zone that does not have the blessing of the deputy governor, Amb. Nuhu Audu Bajoga who is the political leader of southern Kaduna is not acceptable.