Sola Ojo, Kaduna
A media aide to former Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Ahmed Maiyaki, on Saturday announced his resignation from the party.
He has, however, expressed interest in pitching his tent with the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress and incumbent governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
Maiyaki had between 2012 and 2015, served as the director-general (Media and Publicity) to the then Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero. He had shortly after the 2015 election left Yero, but actively involved in PDP’s affairs until his defection.
Maiyaki in a statement on Saturday said, his exit from main opposition PDP to the ruling APC was borne out of the obvious that his former party did not have a blueprint on how the state would be governed if it eventually won the February 23 election.
He said: “Having consulted widely with my political associates, family, and friends, l have decided to resign my membership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
“This decision has become necessary in view of the inability of the party at the state and its gubernatorial candidate, Isa, Ashiru Kudan to provide an alternative development plan if elected to lead the state.
“It is on record that the bar of governance in Kaduna State is admirably high at the moment and we as indigenes of the state have a duty to sustain this feat. Sadly, the PDP in Kaduna and its gubernatorial candidate, Isa, Ashiru Kudan, have not put in place any plan to sustain or surpass these achievements.
“To this end, l have notified and returned the membership card to officials of the PDP at my ward. Accordingly, l have registered as a member of All Progressives Congress (APC) whose candidate, Gov Nasir Ahmad Elrufai has proved competence and has a vision for Kaduna State.
“I wish to state unequivocally, that @elrufai’s vision for my dear state is unmatched by any of the candidates seeking to be governor of the state in the March 9 poll. l believe El Rufai has the capacity, experience, and interest to serve Kaduna better. l, therefore, declare my total support for his candidature and urge other like minds to do so. Kaduna truly deserves a competent leader, we cannot afford anything less.”