From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The women of Southern Kaduna Senatorial Zone under the auspices of Concern Women of Southern Kaduna have disassociated themselves from the Senator representing the zone at the Upper Chamber, Senator Nenadi Usman.
The group made the declaration during a press briefing held in Kaduna yesterday.
Reading the press statement, the chairman of the group, Mrs. Laraba Sheker said it is necessary to alert the world of the danger posed to the Southern Kaduna community by the selfish activities of some of their unscrupulous and mischievous politicians who are desperate for political relevance.
According to her, Senator Nenadi Usman who is now on the run from her constituency is one of such politicians.
“We were surprised to watch on television how she organized a kangaroo press conference at an obscure location where she purportedly endorsed herself, Governor Ramalan Yero and President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for second term.
“We as women and mothers of Southern Kaduna want to ask Senator Nenadi Usman, if she voted herself into the senatorial seat, can an aspirant endorse an aspirant? Or can she endorse anyone without the consent of the people of the Southern Senatorial Zone which she represents? “We as the women of Southern Kaduna have been very supportive to President Goodluck Jonathan, and if we have to endorse him, not in a shabby manner as done by Senator Nenadi Usman.
“Southern Kaduna women have not withdrawn their mandate for President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, so, why should Senator Nenadi Usman want to rubbish our mandate for the President come 2015?” she sought to know.
Mrs. Laraba added that Senator Nenadi Usman who started from a humble beginning as a classroom teacher received massive support from the women folk of southern Kaduna, from commissioner up to ministerial nomination but it is saddening, according to her that up to when she completed her ministerial appointment she has not empowered any woman from either her Senatorial Zone or the state.
“Funny enough, instead of her to promote southern Kaduna as a people, she started by tearing and pulling them down. This has been recorded in the minds of the southern Kaduna people as her first and only achievement. She claims supremacy over everyone in southern Kaduna.
That is why most people especially women nicknamed her “madam know all”.
“Senator Nenadi has no public relations. Her residence is strictly out of bound. She is not easily assessable. We have not witnessed any single constituency project brought to Southern Kaduna Senatorial zone. Even during the massacre of our people that took place in various part of Southern Kaduna by gunmen; she never showed any concern nor sent any relive materials to those affected.
“It is unfortunate that at this period when everyone is looking up to new changes, things and situation seem to be unbearable with our people in the southern Kaduna senatorial zone. We believe that qualitative representation will go a long way in fulfilling the yearnings and aspirations of our people,” Laraba concluded.
While reacting on the position of the concerned Southern Kaduna women in a telephone interview, Senator Nenadi Usman said the women are playing the script of an aspirant.
She however expressed dismay, noting that women who are mothers can go to the extent of pulling down somebody just to archive selfish gains.