By Abdulwaheed Olayinka Adubi, Kaduna
Contrary to rumours making the rounds, the Kaduna State Governorship candidate of the People’s Redemption Party, (PRP), Hayatudeen Lawal Makarfi has refuted allegations that he stepped down his political ambition in favour of a political party in the state.
This is just as he said that he is still in the rescheduled race of the governorship now slated for 18 of March, 2023.
He made this known on Wednesday in an interactive session with journalists, where he also confirmed that he would contest the governorship election in Kaduna, adding he is optimistic that the PRP would emerge victorious at the end of the process.
The governorship hopeful said that it would amount to disappointing the late Balarabe Musa, Aminu Kano and other founding fathers of PRP should step down for any party for the governorship election.
“Some political parties made some remarks that we should step down for them. We did not step down for any political party. We want to lead and emancipate the people as Balarabe Musa did in the 70s and 80s.
“This is my first outing as a governorship candidate in Kaduna State. So it will not be proper for me to step down for any political party.
“For the past nine days we have been campaigning across the local government areas in the State.
“We are confident that people across the 23 Local government areas of Kaduna State will support us. So we are confident that PRP can form the next government.
“We are confident that we will win the governorship. And we want to call on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give the people of Kaduna State hope of fair, free and credible elections. And We also call on the good people of Kaduna State to come out enmasse to vote PRP on Saturday March 18,” Makarfi said.
While speaking on allegations financial mismanagement levied against him, he said: “after I left the Government of Malam Nasiru El Rufai, I was investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Directorate of State Security (DSS) and I came out clean
“Shortly afterwards, I got a job with the Nigeria Financial and Intelligence Unit (NFIU), I resigned a few years later to join the PRP.”