The former Director General of Bureau for Public Enterprises (BPE) Mr Benjamin Ezra Dikki (Sarkin Yakin Zuru) has declared to contest for senate under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Sarkin Yakin Zuru who is aspiring to contest for the senate seat of Kebbi South senatorial district made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen in his country home in Zuru.
He said originally he has no plan to contest until the senatorial seat of the area was again zoned to Zuru Emirate by the party, because it was Yauri’s turn to produce the senator.
According to him under the PDP arrangement, Yauri was supposed to produce the next senator from the area under rotational agreement, however after turning down the offer he was prevailed upon from Zuru to aspire for the senate seat of Kebbi South.
“I was on my way to Jos around 11 when I received a call that I have to come to contest for this position, I wasn’t prepared for it because there were earlier calls. Under the last nine months I was under intense pressure from traditional leadership institutions, pressure groups, stakeholders that I should contest, some even said that I can contest under any platform, the pressure was overwhelming,” he said.
He said his top priority if elected would be to uplift the living standard of the people, enhance education, create employment opportunities for the youths, improve roads and water supply.
Mr. Benjamin also promised to use the diverse cultural opportunities of the area to promote peace and tourism.