Zamfara State: NRM’s Gubernatorial Candidate Debunks Rumour of Defection
The Zamfara governorship candidate of the National Rescue Movement (NRM), Alhaji Saidu Aliyu Dansadau, has denied reports of his defection and that of other candidates of the party to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Dansadau clarified this at a press briefing in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, on Monday, affirming that he was still contesting the governorship position in Zamfara under the platform of the NRM in the March 11 gubernatorial polls.
‘Recently, we heard that the state chairman of our great party, Alhaji Isah Moriki, met with the PDP governorship candidate, Alhaji Dauda Lawal-Dare.
‘I am using this medium to tell the public that we are not part of whatever they had discussed.
‘We are not aware of that meeting. We are not willing to join any party as regards the forthcoming general elections,’ he stated.
According to Dansadau, the party leadership in the state had already set up a committee to investigate the matter under the leadership of his running mate, Alhaji Sa’idu Haruna.
‘I want to categorically state that I am still in the race for the seat of Governor of Zamfara under NRM.
‘I believe with my capacity, I am competent to be a governor of Zamfara.
‘I am contesting not based on personal gains, but for the interest of our people.
‘We were given mandates by our members and people of the state, and we will not disappoint them.
‘We are contesting to address various challenges faced by our people across security, education and economy sectors among others.
‘I call on people of the state and Nigerians to disregard any information about the NRM candidates defecting to PDP.
‘The NRM structure in the state remains intact.
‘I am appealing to our members not to be discouraged because of such mischievous information,’ he urged.
Dansadau also appealed to the people of the state to come out en masse and vote for NRM candidates on the election days.
NAN/ Amaka E. Nliam