Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufa’i has called lauded his supporters, who ensured his reelection in the governorship election held in the state on March 9, 2019.
El-Rufa’i stated this in a state broadcast on Monday after he was declared winner of the governorship election.
El-Rufa’i, polled 1,045,427 to defeat Isa Ashiru of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 814,168 votes with a margin of 231,259 votes.
While showing his appreciation to God over a peaceful election, the governor pointed that as the people have again decided to entrust him the responsibility to lead Kaduna State for another four years, he accepted his reelection with gratitude and humility.
“I thank the people of Kaduna State most profoundly for this vote of confidence in our stewardship. I wish to put on record my immense gratitude to you for voting to reelect President Muhammadu Buhari two weeks ago, together with a strong delegation to the National Assembly. It is heartwarming that Zaria Local government gave President Buhari the highest vote in the whole country. On behalf of the people of Kaduna State, we wish the President every success in the second term,” he added.
While noting that the vote has led to the emergence of Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, the first female deputy-governor in the history of the state, El-Rufa’i said odds have been defied on those who do not wish to allow women to use their talents in all spheres.
“You have taken a bold step forward to create a much-needed role model for every girl-child in Kaduna State and Northern Nigeria. I assure you that Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe and I will work resolutely for the progress of our dear state.
Reminding them of his campaign promise, El-Rufa’i said they won’t be taken for granted, adding that the victory has been achieved because they stood by his administration.
“You supported our governance agenda of Putting People First. You embraced our efforts to make lives better by focusing on the things that matter to ordinary people. In difficult circumstances, you saw that we were promoting equality of opportunity, that we were improving schools and hospitals to make lives better for the people, that we were making our state attractive for business.
“How can we not be grateful when you upheld us so strongly when certain forces began resisting our reforms? You stood resolutely by us as we undertook programmes to expand access to Education and Health and to revitalise the public sector,” he noted.
Vote for continuity and equal right
He also assured them that as they have voted for continuity, they have also voted for equal opportunity, genuine development and growth.
“You have rejected the politics of parochialism. Never again can the few entitled elites pursue their narrow interests using sentiments, and masquerading under the disguise of fighting for our people.”
While noting that the victory is in support of governance reforms, he pointed that his administration, despite doing the right thing with the sack of unqualified teachers, redundant public servants, restructured district administrations and over-bloated local government staff was threatened not to be reelected.
“We were warned that even though we were doing the right things and doing them right, the beneficiaries of our policies – the ordinary citizens of our state will not understand and will vote us out. We never relented, confident that you know that we are working honestly for you. You did not disappoint us. We thank you again.”