BY IKENNA ASOMABA
The People of Southern Kaduna have predicted resounding victory for President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero in the 2015 elections.
This was contained in a joint statement by two socio-cultural organistions representing the interests of the people of the area yesterday, the Southern Kaduna Youth for Progress and Development, SKYPAD, and the Southern Kaduna Progressive Youth Movement, SOKAPYM.
Danjuma Sarki signed on behalf of SKYPAD, while Caleb Abbott signed for SOKAPYM.
They debunked alleged claims by certain groups in the area that voters in the zone would not support candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the forthcoming elections, saying that Southern Kaduna had always been a PDP zone.
Furthermore, they warned those they described as enemies of the Southern Kaduna people against politicising the crisis in area, saying no group other than SOKAPU and the Southern Kaduna Elders Forum, had the mandate to speak for the entire people of the zone.
They, however, said that both SOKAPU and the Elders Forum had articulated their positions at different fora and”there was nowhere, they stated that our people will not vote for President Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero or the PDP.
”Rather, they clearly stated our demands and expectations, without politicising the issues or engaging in partisan threats. The people of Southern Kaduna strongly stand by that position.”
They also condemned the killings of over 100 innocent citizens of Southern Kaduna as well as attempts by some groups to escalate the issues.
”We out-rightly reject any ploy by any individual or group under whatever guise to use the current happenings in our area to seek cheap popularity, advance personal interests, settle personal scores or achieve partisan goals.”
They also urged security agencies to redouble efforts at ending the attacks on hapless citizens in the area.