BY EMMAN OVUAKPORIE
CONGRESS for Progressive Change, CPC, proved a point in the last National Assembly elections as it grabbed the three senatorial seats and swept 12 out of the 14 House of Representatives seats sending a very strong signal to its main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, that the tea party is over.
The CPC did not stop at that it made sure the daughter of the Late President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Maryam Umaru Yar’Adua did not get the Katsina federal constituency of her father’s supposedly strong base as she was thrashed by Mohammed Tukur of the CPC.
These victories indicate that CPC is spreading its tentacles to all parts of the state.
Late Yar’Adua’s daughter’s loss is not an indication of voters’ hatred for the late former president according to his younger brother, Col. Abdulazeez Musa Yar’Adua (rtd), who contesting for the deputy governorship position in the state on the plank of the CPC. He said the CPC’s triumph was another major signal that all was not well with the state chapter of the PDP after the demise of President Yar’Adua.
The retried Maj General Muhammadu Buhari factor quickly comes to mind. The former head of state and Prince of Daura has a very strong grassroots base and appears to give CPC an edge over other parties in the state.
The clamour for change in the state is so strong that it might take Governor Ibrahim Shema all the political arsenals in his armoury to deliverKatsina to the ruling PDP.
A situation whereby CPC candidates were recording about 90 percent votes cast in most locations calls for a rethink on the part of the PDP and other political parties in Katsina.
It may just be a win win situation for the CPC in the north western state that had produced one military head of state in the person of Gen. Buhari and a civilian president in late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
The PDP after getting its hands burnt last Saturday may just go back to the drawing board and see how to salvage the already very bad situation on ground as the wind of change seems very obvious in the state in both the forthcoming presidential and gubernatorial elections.
Governor Shema and his Katsina network of foot soldiers have a lot of work to do else the blowing wind of change would blow them out of office in both elections.
Col Abdulazeez Musa Yar’Adua said on Tuesday said the CPC would sweep the ruling PDP out of Katsina Government House in the forthcoming governorship election.
In a chat with Vanguard he said: “We have the capacity to form the next government in Katsina State and people will see the difference as the disconnect that exists between government and the people will be eliminated. The people would see themselves as part of the government and at all times we shall consult with the people at all levels to ensure that dividends of democracy go round the citizens of this state unlike in the past that this disconnect created a big gap between the people and government.
On the National Assembly polls, he said “you saw how the people were jubilating as the results are being announced, if this trend continues the face of governance will change for the better in this country.”
On what his party has for the people he said, “We in CPC will massively go into agriculture because we have land in abundance which will in turn create jobs for majority of our people if voted into government,” adding that the party had a blue print for cushioning the effect of poverty and galvanize the people towards self-reliance and sustenance.