The political atmosphere in the Southern part of Kaduna State has been rejuvenated ahead of the 2019 general election with the declaration of a three time House of Reps member, Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba to contest the Senate seat, writes ELANZA News
Since the beginning of this democratic dispensation, no senator from Kaduna South Senatorial District has returned to the red chamber for a second term.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has also produced all the Senators from Kaduna South, even though the contest always involved different actors from various political parties.
Southern Kaduna as the stronghold of the PDP not only in Kaduna State, but in the entire North Western Nigeria, according to political pundits, will play a vital role in the 2019 general elections.
The region, statistics show, has a ‘unique’ voting pattern that has always be the deciding factor for Kaduna governorship.
Analysts say in all the 109 senatorial districts in the country, Kaduna South Senatorial district which is part of the region called Southern Kaduna, has always given the highest votes to the PDP and was frequently acknowledged by former president Olusegun Obasanjo in several occasions when he held sway as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
As the 2019 general elections approaches, some people have showed interest to vie for the Kaduna South Senatorial seat.
First among them is the incumbent Senator representing the area, Danjuma La’ah of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ishaku Shekarau of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sen Calep Zagi of the APC, Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba of the PDP, Kaduna State deputy governor, Bala Yusuf Barnabas alias Bantex of the APC, and Mr Rijo Shekari of the SDP.
Findings show that with Rijo Shekari quitting the PDP, more chances have been created for Jagaba Adams Jagaba to be the favourite candidate of the PDP.
It was gathered that most of the influential party faithful, politicians and members of the House of Representatives are behind Jagaba to pick the PDP ticket.
Jagaba, who represent Kagarko/ Kachia Federal constituency, has, in seeking for a higher political office, created another opportunity for the likes of Dr John Danfulani to contest for the House of Representatives seat.
Winning a PDP ticket in any part of Southern Kaduna is more of winning the real election in 2019 because of what APC did to the people of the area, Comrade Bello Danjuma Sarki said.
Sarki, who is contesting for the Kaduna State House of Assembly, said in all part of Kaduna State, PDP is the party to beat.
Jagaba’s declaration to contest for the Senate seat penultimate Wednesday, put to rest speculation that the three time House of Representatives member will still vie for the green chamber office.
Before Jagaba’s formal declaration, Rijo Shekari, who was a favourite for the youth delegates, announced his formal departure from the PDP.
But the member representing Kachia/Kagarko Federal Constituency, while declaring his intention to contest for the Kaduna South Senate Seat, said he has the capacity to change the political quagmire of the area.
Jagaba who setup a three level campaign, in Kafanchan, Jema’a LGA, also launched a campaign office complex in Kafanchan, the political epic centre of Southern Kaduna.
“Most constituents like Jagaba because of his exposure in National politics. He is someone the People of Southern Kaduna should give the opportunity to serve,” said Tikikus Simon.
He said everyone should be convinced about the Jagaba project because of his quality representation.
“If we give Jagaba the chance to be a Senator, you will see what he will do in the next four years. He is not a new person in the National Assembly.”
“Most of the leadership of the House of representatives always come from his camps,” Simon said, expressing confidence that Jagaba will do better if promoted to serve in the senate.
“Jagaba’s stay in the National Assembly has led to good things in Southern Kaduna especially his constituency,” Yacham Kawuai said.
“During his service in the House of Representatives, he devoted energy at enhancing the quality of lives of constituents, some out of the many, were the construction of model primary health centres at Iddah in Kagarko Local Government, Antong and Katari in Kachia Local Government Area; aside sinking of bore holes, provision of portable water across the various communities of the constituency,” he said.
“Apart from his legislative function, Jagaba presented a lot of bills, motions and petitions for the well being of the constituency and Nigeria at large.”
“Jagaba lobbied and facilitated the employment of over 200 youth across Kaduna South senatorial district into various federal government institutions, agencies and organisations,” said.
It was gathered that Jagaba recently received a presidential blessing on the proposed establishment of a federal medical centre in Kafanchan.
“Jagaba’s quest for the senate is borne out of patriotic zeal to serve, through quality representation that would tackle challenges of our area,” Yacham said.
For the former commissioner of finance in Kaduna State, Dr John Ayuba, Jagaba stands out among the contestants with wealth of experience when it comes to the senate seat.
Ayuba urged the people of Southern Kaduna to vote only PDP candidates in subsequent elections which according to him, will prevent the state and country from total collapse.
The former commissioner applauded Jagaba for his quality representation.
“Quality service as a Reps member convinced people to call on Jagaba to step into the contest for the senatorial seat,” Ayuba said.
“Supporters of Jagaba spread beyond Kaduna South Senatorial district,” Yaro Makama Rigachukun said, adding that “the PDP remains the only true mega party that accommodates all, without religious, ethnic or geo-political zone differences. He said PDP will wrestle power from the APC.
Yaro, the longest serving PDP chairman in Kaduna State said with people like Jagaba, the current challenges bedeviling the Nigerian Nation and its people would be addressed in the PDP.
Yaro who admonished PDP aspirants to respect the laws of the land, that of the party and its leadership, said they must seek the mandate from the ward, local government, state and national levels without violence or rivalry that could jeopardise the peace, unity and security of the party and the nation.