From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna
Kaduna State former governor, Ramalan Yero, yesterday submitted letter of intent to contest in the forthcoming governorship election in 2019.
According to him, numerous people wanted him to vie for the position in the next coming election. Yero said since May 29, 2015, governance in the state has been a series of half-hearted trial and errors, with disastrous consequences on the people, particularly the common man.
The former governor also said he consulted widely with his family members, key party stalwarts, political associates and other party faithful before taken the decision.
“It is with deep sense of moral responsibility and high resolve, I, formally, write to inform you about my decision to vie for the gubernatorial ticket of our great party the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“This decision was informed by the genuine concern of our people and the numerous calls I have received to contest in the forthcoming gubernatorial election of our dear Kaduna State.
“Having considered the plight of my people, l have consulted widely with my family members, key party stalwarts, political associates and other party faithful; and have come to the conclusion to grant the wishes of my people by declaring to contest the gubernatorial elections by the Special Grace of the Almighty Allah.
“We are living witnesses to the myriad of problems facing the State. Governance since May 29, 2015 has been a series of half-hearted trial and errors, with disastrous consequences on the people particularly the common man.
“The state government no longer cares about the primary purpose of her existence which is to provide security of lives and properties as well as improve the welfare of citizens.
“Lives and properties are being lost daily due to activities of armed banditry, kidnapping, armed robbery, youth thuggery and street gangsterism.
“I believe that my humble track record of academic achievements and working experience in both the private and public sectors, have earned me tremendous knowledge, skills and capacity to understand the multiple expectations of our people across the state.
“I am quite aware of the fact that the task ahead is daunting, but as a unifier who hopes to rise above divisiveness, sentiments and pettiness, I am convinced that the task is not insurmountable.
“These challenge require, among other things, collective will to forge ahead in solidarity backed by dynamic, credible’ and purposeful leadership.
“I have had the rare opportunity to have successfully served the state in various capacities as Commissioner of Finance, Deputy Governor and subsequently the Governor.
“At the political front, I wish to state humbly that my unflinching support and loyalty to our great Party, the People‘s Democratic Party (PDP) is incontestable.”