From Mika’il Tsoho, Dutse
Following the defection of the Jigawa north-east senator to PDP, the Deputy Speaker Jigawa state House of Assembly, Ahmed Garba Maikudi, declared his intention to contest for Jigawa North-east senatorial seat.
Speaking shortly after submitting his letter of interest at the All Progressive Congress secretariat in Dutse, the Deputy Speaker promised to deliver his senatorial district if the party gives him the ticket.
He will lock horns with Jigawa State Deputy Governor, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, in All Progressive Congress (APC) primary election, as both have declared for Jigawa North East Senatorial seat.
He also called on the party to provide a plain level ground for all interested candidates, saying that any attempt to give preferential treatment among candidates by the party, it would be resisted.
The deputy speaker further stated that his decision to go for the senatorial position was informed by the recent defection of the serving senator, Ubale Shitu, from APC to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying the vacuum had to be filled in order to give a purposeful representation to the people of the senatorial district.
He argued that the party was waxing stronger by the day despite the senator’s defection saying, the people that voted the senator had decided to remain with the party suggesting that APC would be the only party to beat in the senatorial district.
“It is our prayer that the party will be fair to all. And any attempt by the party, for any reason decided not to be fair to all, such unfairness will be resisted with all might.”
Also speaking, the state party chairman Alhaji Ado Sani Kiri who was represented by his deputy Habibu Sani Sara, assured the deputy speaker that the party would be fair to all interested candidates.
It could be recalled, the serving deputy governor, recently submitted his form for expression of interest for the same senatorial district.