Shuaibu Mikati, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Kaduna state, says residents will witness an era of decency in governance if he is given the chance to rule the state.
In an interview, he said there was a bandwagon effect in 2015 election when the sympathy of the electorate to President Muhammadu Buhari helped some candidates win elections but the people are ready to effect a change come 2019.
Mikati said he would welcome investors into the state to develop all the sectors, while there will be strict management of funds received from the federation account.
He added that his administration would implement the concept of value for money accounting in all the affairs of government.
The PDP aspirant promised to revamp the state’s revenue base, while focusing on his cardinal economic policy of wealth creation through empowerment of citizens.
“With a rural background, coupled with being a professional of repute, the people of Kaduna state would be having three for the price of one,” he said.
“A rural man, an urbane and cosmopolitan person and a professional all in one. These triple qualities are rare and when combined produce exceptional results whether in government or in private organisation.
“What is certain is that Kaduna state citizens shall witness an era of decency in governance, all inclusiveness in running the affairs of the state and above all opportunities for people to maximise their potentials with assistance from government.”
Mikati said the PDP parades men of high degree of integrity and its manifestos are appealing to voters, but the party must correct its past mistakes.
“It’s important that leaders of PDP should realise the mistakes the party made in past and ensure that those mistakes are not repeated,” he said.
“As students of history, we must learn from those mistakes. I am sure everyone of us still have those issues very fresh in our minds. A situation where a senior member of a party comes out to say the party will rule for 60 years posit some level of arrogance and grandstanding. Where is the will of the people? Where has the place of God in this kind of statement?
“Again when a senior member of a party claims that there is no vacancy in a position that is supposed to be contested by aspirants before selection of the best and people’s choice entails imposition and clear disregards to democratic principles. Worst still, several members of the party were not treated fairly. Management of success became an issue as electorate were taken for granted.”