SOKAD Congratulates Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Kaduna State on Election Victory.

SOKAD Congratulates Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and Kaduna State on Election Victory.

Written by Southern Kaduna Diaspora (SOKAD)

PRESS RELEASE

(Columbus, Ohio, USA, April 18, 2015). The Southern Kaduna in Diaspora (SOKAD) is happy and excited with the outcome of the Gubernatorial and State legislative elections in Kaduna State. The relatively peaceful conduct and outcome of the elections is commendable. We, however, regret the few incidences of violence that led to the loss of lives in Saminaka.

By all accounts, the conduct of the election was largely free and fair. SOKAD congratulates the Governor-Elect, Mallam El-Rufai and his party (APC), and all those elected to the Kaduna State House of Assembly, for the victories in the election on April 11, 2015.

We also wish to congratulate the Kaduna State electorate who spoke clearly and loudly through the ballot box.  Our prayers and advice for a peaceful and successful election were answered.

To Mallam El-Rufai, Kaduna State people have entrusted you with the governance of their State. Your campaign promises contributed to your victory. We hope they will be kept. We pray that God will give you the wisdom and courage needed to be the transformational leader that the State has waited for.  As the Governor of Kaduna State, we ask that you work hard towards protecting and safeguarding the rights of minorities who have been largely disregarded or ignored in much of the modern history of that part of Nigeria. We are confident in your “can do” attitude, and trust that you will make Kaduna State secure, and great, again.

We thank Governor Yero for his service, and, in particular, for his magnanimity in defeat.  For putting love of the State and country over self by conceding defeat in a peaceful manner, he followed in the footsteps of President Goodluck that defeat- sometimes- is, in effect, victory of self. We hope this will be a precedence for all our Nigerian politicians.

As we approach the inaugurations and beginning of the new administration, we pray and hope that God will guide the Governor-elect and his party in all policies and decisions as they affect the people. We urge that the security situation, among other concerns, be addressed as a matter of urgency.

May the next four years be good and productive years for our State!

Signed:

Aminu Likita, MD, MPH (President)

Freeman Kamuru, PhD, MD (Secretary General)

Ibrahim A. Maikori, M.Ed (Financial Secretary

April 18, 2015