Gubernatorial candidates from different political parties in Kaduna State have pledged their commitment to provide good leadership via people oriented programmes and policies if given the mandate at the polls next year.
They made the pledged during a parley with Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Association (SKCLA) at Throneroom ministries, Kafanchan, Kaduna State, Nigeria.
Speaking during the parley which provided a platform for different candidates to present their manifesto, Chairman of the Association, Apostle Emmanuel Nuhu Kure said, for a gubernatorial candidate to enjoy the support of the people, he must also indicate significant interest to fight corruption, which according to him, was the bane of development.
The SKCLA Chairman added that the fear of God was a cardinal condition that a gubernatorial candidate must possess to attract the support of the association during the election.
He explained that a candidate must equally have a fair understanding of governance, both locally and internationally to be able to meaningfully developed not only Southern Kaduna but the entire state.
Governorship candidate of the Action Democratic Congress (ADC), Senator Caleb Zagi, said his administration if voted into power will focus on a 9-point agenda which included unity, security, health, agriculture and industrialisation, as well as education among others.
Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Isah Ashiru Kudan, said if given the mantle of leadership he will concentrate on five agenda such as skill-based education, and functional health system, with assurance to give citizens a sense of belonging through equitable distribution of dividends of democracy.
Ashiru noted that, if voted into office, he would want to be remembered for wearing a human face in his dealings with civil servants and the traditional institutions.
On his part, the People’s Redemption Party’s candidate, Hayatudeen Makarfi, lamented that the future of the younger generation has been mortgaged by the hike in fees of tertiary institutions in Kaduna State, and disclosed plans to create wealth through artificial intelligence.
Former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi said the sidelines of the parley held between Governorship Candidates and Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders, pointed out that, Nigeria needed a government that would unite the country for Socio-economic development and called for a common agenda among the various contenders to enable them overcome the myriad of challenges bedeviling the state.
He observed that the opposition was fragmented, and called on them to close ranks and be formidable to be able to unseat the present administration in the 2023 general elections.
Reporting by Daniel Karlmax; Editing by Muzha Kucha