Senator representing President Buhari's constituency dump APC for PDP - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Senator representing President Buhari's constituency dump APC for PDP

By Our Correspondent

Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita, representing Katsina North Senatorial District in the current 9th National Assembly has officially dumped the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), citing loss of credibility in Governor Masari-led state government.

This was disclosed in a press statement duly signed and issued to journalists by Mallam Abdulkadir Lawal, Senator Kaita's  Media Adviser.

The Daura Senator said his decision to dump the the ruling party, APC is premised on the recent trend of activities in the state leading to gradual loss of credibility by the Masari-led state government, citing his refusal to conduct local government elections across the state for a long period.

The statement also cited marginalisation of critical stakeholders' by the state government and the state party leadership, as well as their failure to uphold the basic foundation of democracy coupled with the absence of a level playing ground as one of the reason why the senator choose to dump the party. 

The Senator representing the Katsina North Central Constituency, where President Muhammadu Buhari hails from was first elected under the platform of the All Progressives Congress to the 8th Senate in 2018 to fill the vacum in the senatorial zone following the death of Senator Mustapha Bukar. Kaita was re-elected again in 2019 after he defeated Hon Usman Mani of the Peoples Democratic Party.

The statement reads: "Today opens a fresh page in our match to genuinely entrench democracy and significantly affirm the very eloquent voice of the people on whose mandate we have served over the last four years. 

"As a loyal party man and responsive democrat whose expansive support base in his constituency has remained pivotal to his passion for the reciprocal growth and development of his people, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita has followed the recent events in Katsina state with keen interest and deep concern. 

"Of notable implication among many of this numerous concerns is the gradual loss of credibility in Governor Masari-led administration, particularly in the avowed refusal to conduct local government elections across the state in time.

"The willful refusal of the administration to uphold the basic foundation of democracy has also found expression in the marginalisation of critical stakeholders by the state government and the leadership of the party at the state level.

"The recent Congresses at state and ward levels, with no identified genuine pro-government delegates are clearly a  rape of grassroots politicians and genuine party foot-soldiers who were rigged out of open contest. The total absence of a level playing field speaks volumes about an already orchestrated decline to antidemocratic principles and challenges every good conscience including ours. All politics is local. 

"As an advocate of transparency, accountability and continuous entrenchment of  popular will, Senator Kaita cannot afford to continue sharing the tent of undemocratic merchandise clearly being executed against his people by the state government and party leadership.

"A clear stock taking of where Katsina State stands today is already enough burden on good conscience. Our good people, in their millions have excused deprivation, poverty and hunger for too long. They have endured the risk to their lives and wellbeing imposed by the incapacity of the state government to tackle insecurity headon. They have been denied enough, already by the state government. 

"We cannot deny them their right of choice. The serial denial of the people's mandate at the recent Congresses among other related developments has finally found expression in our answer to the clarion call of our people to vacate the APC following very wide consultations.

"Senator Ahmad Babba Kaita is not a bandwagon politician. His exemplary and robust representation in the Nigerian Senate is to the admiration of all, and with significant, visible impacts in the areas of

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