By Marie-Therese Nanlong
KADUNA—Major political stakeholders and youths groups in Southern Kaduna Zone have risen against the purported adoption of a governorship aspirant in Kaduna State, Senator Aziz Zego by some elders in the zone under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
A major set back for the adoption has come from another PDP governorship aspirant in the zone, and former Aviation Minister, Mr. Felix Hyet, who has rejected the choice of Aziz.
Reacting to the development, Hyet distanced himself from the “so called adoption” of Aziz saying, “I’m certainly not a party to that arrangement. It is not a decision of Southern Kaduna, because SOKAPU is the only mouth piece of southern Kaduna people. The issue is also political and involves the state and not just a section.
“It is equally not a religious issue for any religious leader to sign any press release.”
The former minister called on his supporters to ignore the purported endorsement, adding that all aspirants from the zone contesting for governorship seat in 2015 were still very much in the race.
Also, the adoption of Aziz was condemned by various concerned groups within the PDP in the zone, who said that “Those that endorsed him are just a group of his friends and such friends are not even card carrying members of PDP.”
Three other different groups from Southern Kaduna also rejected the purported endorsement of Aziz as the sole PDP gubernatorial aspirant from the zone to go into the primaries with the incumbent Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero.
In an interview with newsmen in Kaduna, spokesperson for the groups and special assistant to three governors on youths matters, Mr. Victor Bobbai Matthew, said no political group had the right in the zone to speak for the people except the deputy governor, who is from the area.
He said: “Only the Deputy Governor has the right to speak because he is from our zone and our leader, the leadership of our party is not aware of such meeting that endorsed Aziz, and the so-called endorsement is not binding.”