Ahead of 2019 governorship polls,the youth of Southern Kaduna under the umbrella of Concerned Southern Kaduna APC Youths have disassociated themselves from the endorsement of Senator Shehu Sani, by the youth wing of Southern Kaduna Peoples Union(SOKAPU).
Addressing a news conference in Kaduna,the leader of Concerned Southern Kaduna APC Youths, Hon. Manasseh Istifanus, called on people of the region to disregard “such a political charade and endorsement as 2019 is still far and cannot be decided now by a group of people who are supposed to be politically neutral who endorse people without due consultations with the grassroots” .
Istifanus,advised further that people should be allowed to express their political freedom as it is enshrined the constitution of the Federal Republic,stressing that Southern Kaduna is not for one party:”it is also not for one aspirant/candidate”.
According to him:” It is not longer news that the SOKAPU Youth Wing on Sunday 14th May, 2017 held an emergency meeting at BBS Hotel in Barnawa, Kaduna in which the Leadership of the SAKAPU Youth Wing endorsed Sen. Shehu Sani as their gubernatorial candidate come 2019. After the meeting, a communiqué was issued by the Leadership of the SOKAPU Youth Wing.
“Some statements were made in their communiqué that seek to incite the good people of Southern Kaduna against the APC and the APC led Government in the State.
On behalf of the APC Youths from Southern Kaduna, we wish to state categorically that we dissociate ourselves from that kangaroo endorsement of Sen. Shehu Sani by the Leadership of the SOKAPU Youth and we wish to State some facts clearly.
“Sen. Shehu Sani is not from Southern Kaduna and he is not representing Southern Kaduna in the National Assembly. He has never identified himself with the people of Southern Kaduna not until recently that he started nursing a political ambition that he started showing solidarity to the people of Southern Kaduna.
“If at all there is a politician who has always identified himself with the people of Southern Kaduna, who is not from the zone, it should have been Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi; so why did the Leadership of the SOKAPU Youth did not deemed it fit to call Sen. Hunkuyi instead? We cannot forget in a hurry the demonization and negative statements that Sen. Shehu Sani made against the people of Southern Kaduna in 2011 after the post election crisis that rocked the state in that same year.
“If the Leadership of SOKAPU Youth Wing is really honest with their patriotism for Southern Kaduna, why didn’t they endorsed one politician from Southern Kaduna extraction? Or don’t we have politicians that are better than Sen. Shehu Sani? If Sen. Shehu Sani truly loves Southern Kaduna people as it was shown by the SOKAPU Youth, why won’t he pick one person from Southern Kaduna and support his/her political aspiration in 2019 against his personal ambition?
In their communiqué, the SOKAPU Youth Leadership tagged Governor Nasir Elrufai as the “press secretary” of SIECOM which further portrays the partisanship of a Socio cultural group that is supposed to be politically neutral.
“We therefore distanced ourselves from such a political suicide mission” the concerned youths maintained.