Kaduna by election: 4 opposition candidates boost chances of APC’s Jesse Tanko
Published By: Ayorinde Oluokun
By Moses Kolo
The chances of victory for the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Mr Jesse David Tanko in Saturday’s by- election in Chikun Constituency of the Kaduna State House of Assembly was boosted on Thursday with four of his opponents pulling out of the race and endorsing his candidacy.
The candidates that stepped down for the APC flag bearer in the elections would take place in six constituencies are; Zipporah Samuel Bijeh of Accord Party, David Sunday of ZLP, Idris Inuwa of SDP and David Ogah Batholomew of APGA.
Speaking on the reasons for the endorsement of the APC flag bearer, Idris Inuwa, the spokesman of the four candidates noted that only one of them would emerge winner at the end of the day, hence their decision to step down and support the candidate of the ruling party in the State.
He said, “In view of the sterling leadership qualities so far expressed by governor Uba Sani in Kaduna state, we are of the conviction that with APC at the State House of Assembly, lobbying for projects and other things that will benefit our people will be easier to get.
“Hence our coming together to support the APC candidate to victory in the coming election on Saturday.
“We entered the contest to represent Chikun for our people to enjoy the dividends of democracy and among the candidates and we believed APC candidate can do that.
“So we felt the need to support him to win the election.
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“Governor Uba Sani has so far demonstrated unparallel commitment to develop the state and carry everyone along as we need a House member to be in the same political party with the governor for easy enjoyment of the dividends of democracy in our constituency”.
Inuwa said the candidates who stepped down were confident that the emergence of Jesse David Tanko would ensure the realisation of the desired goals in Chikun Constituency following his commitment, exposure and determination.
He said that Tanko would bring the people together and ensured true representation at the State House of Assembly if elected.
Zipporah Samuel Bijeh, candidate of Accord party, stated that the victory of the APC candidate would be a victory for all in Chikun local government area hence their resolve to support his
candidature to victory in the by-election.
The elections would take place in 1,114 polling units in the six constituencies with 639,914 registered voters.