A huge crowd shutdown Kudan town, Kudan Local Government Area (LGA) of Kaduna state, for hours on Thursday, as former House of Representatives Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Hon Isa Ashiru Kudan, picked his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) membership card in preparation for the 2019 general elections.
Ashiru gave el-Rufai a run for his money but the ‘manipulation’ of some then APC Chieftains work against his emergence.
Elanza News gathered that Ashiru is set to contest for the governorship position in the 2019 general elections under the platform of the PDP.
In Kudan, all roads leading in and out of the small town was chocked by gridlocks.
It was formed by vehicular and human traffic streaming to the Kudan Town Hall where the membership card was handed over to him.
Ashiru, a two time member of of the house of Representatives, dumped the All Progressive Congress (APC), early this month.
Speaking to the crowth, Ashiru said he was happy to have returned home.
“I am happy to be back home. I am happy to return to the home of my father – the PDP,” Ashiru said, adding, “I am happy that I sojourn for some times in the APC. At that small time that I stayed in that party, I learnt so much. It is a good thing that I was able to see what the APC is all about.”
“We heard that aspirants have been coming here and they have been going round asking for your support. I want to say, that is very okay. In fact, we want more to come. But, one thing that I am sure is that I have started this race, and I know where I am going to end with you. We will all be at Kaduna State Government House in 2019, God with us,” he said as the throng cheered happily.
“I am very grateful to see you come out in such large numbers from nooks and crannies of Kudan and beyond. I wanted this event to be a small event of just party officials and a few members of my campaign secretariat. But, look at you in such a huge number here even though I have not even started my campaign,” Ashiru said in Hausa language.
Earlier, former Nigerian Ambassador to South Korea, now the Director General, Ashiru Campaign Organisation, presented the aspirant to the excited crowd.
“I want to present to you a man who is prepared to return Kaduna state to its proper place; I want to present to you the man who will right the wrongs of the past years as he picks his new PDP membership card for that task in 2019,” he said to the jubilant crowd.
Former Kaduna State PDP Chairman Alhaji Yaro Makama, who had in 2014 left the PDP for APC, but returned to the APC early this year, said that, Ashiru was the only APC member who left the PDP but still supported the PDP financially and also kept his friendship with members of the party.
“I am very sure of where Ashiru is heading to. This is the place to be. The People of Kudan, you have made us proud. Your son has returned home. And you have thronged out even without notifying you,” he said.
Kaduna PDP Zone 1 Chairman, Alhaji Tsoho Kargi, who represented Kaduna State Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Felix Hyet, presented the PDP membership card to Ashiru. He said he was proud to do carry out the assignment adding that the governorship of Kaduna state would return to the PDP.
“I am very proud to give out our party card to Hon Isa Ashiru, the Sarkin Bai. His coming back to the PDP is not only a blessing to the PDP but a blessing to the entire Kaduna State. His return has assured me that the PDP will produce the governor of Kaduna state in 2019. I call on everyone who is still trapped in the other party to return to freedom, to justice and development,” he said.