2015: I’ve not stepped down for Governor Yero, says ex-minister

Posted by Garba Ahmad, Kaduna | 21 August 2014 | 4,222 times

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The crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State took another turn yesterday with former Minister of State for Aviation, Hon. Felix Hassan Hyat, dismissing last week’s endorsement of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero by elected representatives from the southern part of the state.

The former minister, who hails from Southern Kaduna, said he is contesting 2015 governorship election on the platform of the PDP because Southern Kaduna is morally entitled to fly the PDP flag in 2015 considering precedents in the state.

Speaking to newsmen upon his return from the United Kingdom, Hyat said: “First and foremost, the so called endorsement cannot stand because it was not done with consultations. And it has neglected basic sensitivity to appeased personal interests to the detriment of the state.

“Makarfi was governor from zone one and governed Kaduna for two terms of eight years. Namadi Sambo came from zone two in 2007 and while he was warming up for second term in 2011 he became vice president in 2010, and Yakowa who was his deputy from zone three became the governor and was elected in 2011 and by 2012 December he died in a plane crash.”

Hyat, who said he is speaking minds of conscious Southern Kaduna people, further said: “Now the governor is from zone one and some people from zone three said they have endorsed Yero for two terms of eight years. And if you calculate eight years of Yero and Makarfi, it will give you 16 years, then zone two will have two terms of eight years producing vice president. What then will be of Southern Kaduna? Yakowa spent only one year and some months after 2011 elections.

“I have not stepped down for Yero; I am contesting on the banner of PDP, the very party the people of Southern Kaduna midwifed since 1998 to date and without our people PDP will be history.”

•Photo shows Governor Yero.

Source: News Express

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