The member, representing Kagarko/ Kachia federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon Jagaba Adams Jagaba has lead over 5,562 members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), with a warning to the ruling government to start parking their belongings out of Kaduna State government house also known as Sir Kashim Ibrahim House.
Jagaba, who spoke for all the decampees, in a programme organised by the PDP at Bajju Town Hall Zonkwa today, said the APC led government only brought hardship and insecurity to the common man adding that APC led government denied the entire people of Southern Kaduna appointments and treated with contempt.
Jagaba who assured the PDP that he will join hands with well meaning Nigerians to take over power from the APC both at the State and at the federal level, said the present government have failed the people especially the Southern Kaduna people.
“We are here today to join hands with well meaning Nigerians to kick this people that are celebrating hunger, poverty, insecurity out of power. It’s time for every well meaning Nigerian either home and abroad to rise us and ensure that we return Nigeria back to the right tract,” Jagaba added.
On why he dump the APC for the PDP, Jagaba said he was accused by some members of anti-party activities adding that a committee was setup to investigate the matter and he was not found wanting but they still went ahead to suspend him.
“The ward Exco sad with me and could not found me guilty of the accusations. But the state chapter of the party, took the Exco to Kaduna to sign that I’ve been suspended from the party indefinitely. Now, in a year of election, you suspend an active politician like me indefinitely? To me, I saw it as an infringement to my fundamental human right. And I decided to just let go. I left them for good,” Jagaba said.
He said: “Today, I have finally decided to rejoin the PDP were I come from. When they say I was suspended indefinitely, I said so be it because this is a party that have no respect for even people that voted them in. This is a party that don’t even care about the people I am representing. They don’t care about the wellbeing of my people in terms of security, welfare and appointments. All my people were left out in everything that is good. No one from Southern Kaduna got serious appointment at the federal level. At the state level, as far as I am concerned, non. So, this are the issues on ground. I cannot keep on representing my people and pretend as if I don’t know what they are passing through,” the lawmaker said.
Jagaba who said it was time for him to leave the APC, added that he rejoined the PDP because that was what his people wanted.
“That is the party my people wanted. Politics is local and the local opinion said it is PDP. So, if my head must be above water, I must be where they said I should be,” Jagaba said.
Reacting to comments made by el-Rufai who commended the members of the House of Representatives for consenting to his loan request and rain curses on the Senators, Jagaba said he did not buy the idea that the world bank should give Kaduna such a loan that will multiple the dept profile of Kaduna State.
“As far as I am concerned, I dint want to join issues with the governor of Kaduna state. Is not every member from Kaduna State in the green chamber that supported that issue of the loan request. I kicked against it and we released a statement that we don’t have a hand in it,” Jagaba said.
Speaking further, the three term house of rep member who is now vying for the Kaduna South Senate seat said: “We commended the Senators for their stand because the people we represent told us they don’t want that kind of loan. I am representing my people on the floor of the house. I am not representing the governor. So, he has no right to query the Senators. What they did is within the ambit of the law and we are glad they took that decision. As to why the governor decided to curse them, I am not part of the red chamber but I prefer to be curse for doing the right thing,” Jagaba added.