From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Chairman of Civil Rights Congress, Comrade Shehu Sani has explained that he was in the race for the Kaduna Central Senatorial district contest in 2015 to give his people voice and responsible leadership which he said was lacking in the present dispensation.
Comrade Sani stated this yesterday in a chat with journalists in Minna adding that the problem with Nigeria’s democratic process was that those who fought the military for the enthronement of democracy did not come back to participate in the leadership of the country.
He said that this gave room for those who do not value democratic culture to grab leadership positions to enthrone the culture of corruption instead of development usually associated with democracy.
He said that many of the freedom fighters who rescued the nation from the oppressive hands of the military have resolved to come out this time around and rescue the nation from the hands of undemocratic elements that have been in power since 1999.
“As an activist I know that we have faced lots of questions over why we want to venture into politics. But politics should not be left for corrupt people or incompetent politicians. It should not be left for those who have no interest to bring development to the country.
Particularly, I am from the Northern part of Nigeria. And it is very clear that our senators from the north have not been living up to their expectations.
If you look at statistics from 1999 to date you will discover that over 60% to 70% of members of National Assembly are from the north and if you again look very well you will discover that most of our senators are not active”, he said.
Sani said that he was convinced that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will take over Kaduna State from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015 if the party puts its house in order, adding that PDP has never won a free and fair election in the state. He accused the PDP of using brute force to win election in Kanduna State in the past adding that 2015 will however be different because the opposition now know the antics of the ruling party and would deflate such plan in the next general elections.
The human rights activists pledged to transform his constituency if elected in 2015 by ensuring that constituency projects are executed for the benefits of the electorate insisting that presently elected representatives from the area were far away from the people.