From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
Former lawmakers in Kaduna State have established a forum aimed at promoting peaceful coexistence and harmonious political activities in the state.
The Protem Secretary of the Forum, Dr Shehu Adamu, made the disclosure in an interview with media in Kaduna yesterday.
According to him, the forum provides a platform for the former legislators to make their input in the development of the state, adding that the members of the forum will always endeavour to make the people embrace peace in their mutual interactions.
He explained that members cut across political parties , ethnic groups, religions and other affiliations, saying former legislators elected as from 1979 to date are eligible members.
Adamu, said that more than 90 former lawmakers have so far registered with the new forum, adding that the bonafide members had met and deliberated on its draft constitution.
He expressed belief that the forum is a bold step at fostering unity among the diverse people of the state.
“It’s a step in the right direction, just like we have Former Local Government Councillors’ Forum and Former Local Government Chairmen’s Forum.
“When we come together, it is like Kaduna state has come together; giving us an opportunity to discuss issues and advise government where necessary on how to move the state for award.
“The forum has no party segregation or affiliation because we have members who served under different platforms, NRC, SDP, NPN, PRP, ANPP, CPC, PDP, name them, and we are not under any political party or politician.
“We are simply an independent forum by independent like-minds who want to contribute to the development of our state in any way possible.”
Adamu represented Maigana Constituency in Soba Local Government Area in the state House Assembly from 2007 to 2011 under the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP) and was a Minority Leader of the Assembly under the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) from 2011 to 2013.
He served as Commissioner of Education in 2015 and later moved to Ministry of Commerce in 2016.