By Francis Sardauna in Katsina
A political group in Katsina State, Katsina-Daura-Funtua Network for Justice under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has vowed to unseat Governor Aminu Bello Masari in 2019, describing him as a “deceiver” who has failed to fulfill his 2015 campaign promises to the electorate.
The forum also accused the governor of killing the local government system, which according to it, has resulted in the mismanagement of the statutory grants of the 34 local governments of the state.
The forum, which has 77 aspirants who contested for the state Assembly seats during the 2015 general election but lost at the party’s primaries, warned people it described as mischief makers to desist from dragging its members to the mud.
However, the state Chairman of APC, Alhaji Shitu Shitu, has debunked the allegations raised by the forum, saying the action of the forum has nothing to do with members of the party in the state ahead of the 2019 general election.
Shitu, in a telephone interview with THISDAY, described the allegations raised by the forum as baseless, saying: “Members of the forum made a request to the state government which the governor is working towards, but they failed to be patient to see what the governor will do. This might be the reason why they formed their forum. The forum cannot unseat Governor Masari.”
The Vice-Chairman of the Forum, Yahaya Nuhu Mafita, who made the position of the group known to newsmen shortly after their meeting in Katsina, said his members have been denied any form of participation in all sectors of government for reasons best known to the state government.
He said: “Considering the fact that 2019 general election is around the corner and there is no form of consideration of the forum or its members by the government. The forum after due consultations at various levels resolved to express its grievances against the government.
“We also condemn government for lack of democratic principles by muzzling the party and ensuring that the party is not run in accordance with its constitution and guidelines.”
The forum, however, resolved to work for the governorship aspirant under the factional group of the ruling party in the state, APC AKIDA, Mallam Abubakar Isma’ila Isa, whom they claimed has resolved to right all the wrongs of the incumbent governor if elected in 2019.
While calling on well-meaning citizens of the state to rally round and give their maximum support to rescue the state economically and politically, the forum prayed for God to guide and protect President Muhammadu Buhari while spearheading the affairs of the country.