From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
Kaduna State guber aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party umbrella, Isa Ashiru, yesterday vowed to revisit the case of mass sack of Kaduna State workers if elected into office.
It could be recalled that the present governor of the state, Nasir el-Rufai sacked about 35,000 workers from service in the past 3 years under what labour unions called “controversial circumstances”.
Ashiru also promised to tackle what he described ‘unacceptable’ level of insecurity in the state.
The aspirant disclosed this in Kafanchan, Jemaa Local Government Area (LGA) during a consultation visits to LGAs/Wards officials and delegates to the September Primaries of the party in the state.
He said: “Our state has never witnessed the kind of backwardness we are now forced into. It is very unfair to lay off thousands of workers at a time when other alternatives are very hard.
“You cannot arbitrary sack thousands of workers and refuse to pay them their entitlements knowing well that hundreds of thousands depend on then to feed.
“When you do so, you are only creating more insecurity and social problems. When I get the ticket of the PDP, it will be easy for our party to win the elections, and we shall look into the matter and ensure justice for all who were unjustly forced out of their jobs.
“I just want to plead with them to endure for the next few months that the present bad leadership in the state will last,” he told the crowd.
According to him, his team has made a blueprint for the rebuilding of the once bubbling economy of Kaduna state and a model for genuine reconciliation between the people of North and Southern parts of Kaduna state.
“I have been privileged to travel throughout this vast state; and I know every major village while I was the Chairman of Appropriation Committee of the KDHA.
“I have made great and enduring friendship among ordinary and important individuals in Southern part of the state; and I am from Northern part of the state.
“It will be easy for everyone to trust me and work with those that will help forge reconciliation unity among us. I have been part of Southern Kaduna right when I was a child, because my senior brother is married to a Bajju woman in Unguwan Rimi, Bajju, where I also visit as my second home.”
Former Kaduna State Commissioner of Information, Mr. Ben Bako and Ambassador Sule Buba, the Director General of Honourable Isa Ashiru Campaigned Organisation (HIACO), echoed the same view when they posited that Ashiru was the best candidate that the PDP in Kaduna could offer if the party desired a return to power.
“Everyone that is worth his salt as long PDP in Kaduna state is concern is in this camp,” said Bako, adding that, “anyone not with us, has missed his way.”
“All the past PDP Chairman of the state are here and Ibrahim Yaro Suleiman and pa, Yaro Makama all former PDP chairmen of Kaduna state are here to testify.
“We have among us, two chairmen of other political parties that are in the opposition. Again, all the past Speakers of Kaduna House of Assembly, former commissioners, former Permanent Secretaries, former LGC Chairmen, are in this camp among others,” he said.
The team was in Kagarko, Sanga, Kaura, Zango Kataf LGAs. Elites, stakeholders and delegates to the September PDP gubernatorial primaries turned out in large numbers from their wards to assure Ashiru of the votes.
Ashiru was a two time member of Kaduna State of Assembly of Kaduna KDHA from 1999 to 2007 and House of Reps member (PDP, Kudan/Makarfi Federal Constituency) from 2007 to 2015.