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We Must Seize Power From El-Rufai, APC – Sen Hunkuyi



Sen Suleman Hunkuyi, yesterday, promised to help the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to take back power from the ruling APC in the state come 2019 and Governor Nasir el-Rufai.

Hunkuyi, who represents Kaduna North in the Senate under the All Progressives Congress (APC), was among the 14 senators who defected from the APC to the PDP and other parties during Senate plenary, earlier this week.

The Senator, while addressing the PDP Chairman and party members in Kaduna State said that he joined the PDP following the agreement between the R-APC and the opposition party.

“We came to tell you that we have formally left the All Progressives Congress and we shall not turn back again.

“We have moved into the PDP with all our structure to join hands to take back power in Kaduna State from the ruling APC,” Hunkuyi said.

He urged the PDP executive in the state to cooperate with the returnees to ensure that the party wrestled power from the ruling APC in the state.

He urged the chairman to set up a committee with representatives from his group and the PDP to fix a date for formal rally to formalise their return into the party he left at the build up to the 2015 general polls.

According to him, politics is about the people and he promised to mobilise all his supporters back to the PDP ahead of the 2019 polls.

Senator Hunkuyi, made his appearance at the PDP Secretariat with Lawal Rabiu and Rufai Ahmed Chanchangi, representing Lere and Kaduna South Federal Constituencies respectively, who also left the APC to the PDP.

In his response, the PDP State Chairman, Felix Hassan Hyat, assured of equal level playing ground for the returnees in the build up to the 2019 general elections.

Hyat said: “If Senator Hunkuyi had not returned to the PDP,  the party would not have forgiven him for bringing Mallam Nasiru el-Rufai to run for governor in the state.

“Without Senator Hunkuyi, el-Rufai wouldn’t have picked the APC ticket to run for governor in the state, “he said.

He said Gov el-Rufai had served the PDP government for eight years as director-general of the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE) and later as minister of the Federal Republic and, later turned against the party.