Kaduna Central Senatorial Candidate under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lawal Adamu Usman (Mr LA), said there is cause of optimism as the country begins its departure from the hardship of the last four years into a new era of renewed ambition and hope in politics.
He observed that New Year is a time for taking stock, a time to count blessings and spare a thought for those less fortunate than others and who have fallen on hard times.
In his New Year message signed by his Campaign Media Director, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, said, unlike the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the PDP is ready to offer a “positive vision of a sustainable future and a fairer, more equal society by pushing for unity in 2019, rather than bitter division.
Speaking on Kaduna state, he said the power El-Rufai and the APC had was not being used to improve people’s lives despite the mountain of campaign promises that propelled the people’s hope.
“Almost four years on, what has happened to that ambition and hope? Poverty, homelessness and joblessness now so rife they are almost taken for granted. Our health service, schools and civil services are stretched to breaking point in an economy flagging and manufacturing jobs lost.”
“So we must renew that founding spirit, and refrsh that ambition by taking away that power and placing it where it can mean real change.”
While he described 2015 to 2018 as chaotic and divisive years in the history of Kaduna state, Mr LA said, “We need to draw a line under it and use 2019 to get back on track. We have a real opportunity this year to push for unity, rather than bitter division.”
He said for those who, in 2014, were deceived into supporting a false new future for Kaduna state, but are now understandably uncertain and nervous, angry even, 2019 would be an exciting and liberating year that offers the promise of something better.
“The next few weeks will therefore be momentous in our history – and none of us can predict exactly how it is going to turn out. But as we go through the coming election period, we believe that we all have good cause to do so with a well-grounded optimism in our future.”
“People who play their part in their communities should have the opportunity to get a decent jobs, afford their own homes and rely on good public services, with a government on their side. That’s not the reality for millions of people in Kaduna state today.
“So 2019 looks set to be less challenging than the years gone by. We in the PDP are ready to offer our positive vision of a sustainable future and a fairer, more equal society; a Kaduna state ready to take its place on the national stage and to build peace and friendship instead of fences and walls,” he said.
The Senatorial Candidate promised that in the coming new parliament, and in councils, and in every community in the country, the PDP is resolved to injecting fresh values into the new wave of political engagement which has risen in recent years as the foundations of our democracy were tested.
“A fresh generation of political campaigners who refuse to accept the current inaction, is today showing that a rational and knowledge-based response to our national challenges can offer hope for a better life for all of us” he added.
The senatorial candidate then urged all communities in the state to observe a peaceful holiday season with a renewed commitment to communal harmony, love and mutual trust.
“As we celebrate this year’s Christmas New Year, we wish to rejoice with the whole nation and with all Kaduna state communiques in particular,”