Former Aviation Minister, Hyat Picks Nomination Form For PDP Ticket

PDP STAKEHOLDERS MEETA former Minister of Aviation under the late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua’s administration, Mr Hassan Hyat, has picked his nomination form to contest for the governorship ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Kaduna state.

By picking the form, Mr Hyat, who is from the southern part of the state, is poised to contest the governorship ticket with the incumbent governor of the state, Mukhtar Yero and two others.

Although Governor Yero seems to be enjoying the support of majority of PDP members who have already endorsed him for re-election during the primary slated for November, the former aviation minister maintains that it is the right of the southern part of the state to produce the next governor in the spirit of equity and fair play.

According to him, the people of southern Kaduna had always supported the PDP and governorship candidates from the northern zone since the inception of the present democratic dispensation in 1999, and as such should be allowed to produce the next governor of the state in 2015 as a mark of appreciation to them.

He stated further that since the governor was completing the tenure of the late governor, Patrick Yakowa, who died in a plane crash in Bayelsa state in 2012, he should drop his ambition and allow a candidate from the southern part to pick the PDP ticket.

On what he intended to do better if elected governor in 2015, Mr Hyat, who served as secretary to the state government and Chief of Staff, said fighting insecurity and creating jobs and massive infrastructural development would form the thrust of his administration.

Mr Hassan Hyat, dismissed the endorsement of Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero by elected representatives from southern part of the state for a ticket for second term next year.

The former minister, an indigene of Southern Kaduna, also insisted that he would contest next year’s governorship election on the platform of the PDP, noting that the zone is morally entitled to fly the PDP ticket next year in comparison with previous precedents in the state.

Addressing reporters after picking the nomination form, Hyat argued that the purported endorsement of Governor Mukhtar Yero could not stand, because it was not done with consultations and had neglected basic sensitivity to appease personal interests to the detriment of the state.

Governor Yero Says Aggression Is Un-Islamic, Recommends Prayers To End Insurgency

Gov YeroGovernor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State has felicitated with all Muslim faithful as they celebrate Eid-el-Fitr marking the end of Ramadan.

In a statement signed by his Director-General, Media and Publicity, Ahmed Maiyaki, Governor Yero prayed that Allah would accept all their acts of worship during the holy period and also forgive their shortcomings and reward them with Paradise in the hereafter.

He called on Muslims all over the country to sustain prayers and to be genuinely committed towards resolving the current state of insecurity plaguing the nation, especially in some parts of the North, stressing that Muslims should lead the way in the quest to build a peaceful, united and prosperous Nigeria.

The Governor further urged Muslims to uphold the spirit of brotherhood of mankind as enjoined by Allah, by promoting peace, unity and progress in the entire Globe.

According to the statement, “It is a duty on all Muslims to make sacrifices towards ensuring peaceful and harmonious co-existence with adherents of other faiths just like the holy Prophet Muhammad did during his lifetime”, adding that aggression of any kind is un-Islamic.

“I therefore enjoin all Muslims to maintain the virtues of the holy Month of Ramadan and make the practices during this period a lifetime habit. By so doing, we shall imbibe the acts of humility and respect for human dignity as enjoined by the Holy Prophet of Islam (PBUH).”

On the role of his administration, part of the statement also read, “On our part as Government in Kaduna State, we remain committed to impartial and fair treatment of all citizens in the state, irrespective of whatever perceived differences.

“To us, what matters is the welfare of our people and we are determined to do good to all sections of the state. To us that is a divine obligation that cannot be compromised.

“I also urge all Muslims to use the occasion of Eid-el-Fitr to extend hands of friendship to citizens of other faiths in line with the divine injunction on all of us to do good to others as well as the practice of the Prophet of Peace, who showed love and mercy to all irrespective of differences.

“I wish the entire Muslim Ummah Happy and peaceful Eid-el-Fitr celebrations and may Allah sustain our lives to witness many more holy months of Ramadan in future.”

Kaduna nPDP Secretary, Others Defect To Bamanga-Led PDP

The Secretary and some top members of the Abubakar Baraje-led faction of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State have denounced their membership, and declared support and loyalty to the Bamanga Tukur-led faction.

The members, whose names recently appeared in advertorials as signatories of the Baraje faction in the state, denied media reports of the existence of two PDP factions in the state.

Speaking when the defecting PDP members and former Local Government Chairmen paid a solidarity visit to Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero at Government House Kaduna, the former Secretary of the new PDP faction, Gideon Morik, said he was not aware of the existence of any faction of the party in the state, and maintained that there is only one PDP in the country led by Tukur.

Mr. Morik, who said he never declared support for the Baraje faction, however stressed that only the Bamanga Tukur led national working committee is the authentic leadership of the party which is recognized by the state chapter, and therefore appealed to those trying to split the party to retrace their steps.

Other members whose names appeared in the Baraje led faction, denied ever supporting the formation of New PDP in the State and claimed that those promoting the faction in the state championed their course by using their names without consulting them.

Youth Group Urges G7 Governors Not To Give Up Fight
Meanwhile any hope of quick resolution to the face-off between President Goodluck Jonathan and the seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors got dimmer on today as a regional youth group, Northern Youth Renaissance Forum in a statement urged the governors not to give up the fight.

The youths urged the seven governors not to back out as the group identified with it  and pledged its support for the struggle of the governors.

Titled “Salute To The True Pillar Of Democracy” the statement praised the courage of the G7 Governors to challenge what it called imposition of candidates and abuse of the party constitution while their colleagues are busy hobnobbing with the powers that be for political and personal gains,

The group also singled out the governors as the true promoters of democracy in the PDP.