You have been speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly for eight years. How has it been?Well, you can see that my present position as speaker, a reign I held for almost 8 years has adequately prepared me in so many ways. I had the privileged of being asked to lead as the speaker which has reshaped and made me more versatile in law making procedures. I am very conversant with the nitty gritty of law making. And it may interest you to note that law making is one business that gets better with years. As a state Assembly member seeking the Senate seat, I am coming with experience which I hope to effectively use in ensuring effective representation for my people. Don’t forget, through my stay in the Assembly, I am able to make some contacts and interact with different shades of opinion and people across the length and breadth of this country. So once elected to the red chamber, I shall put this contact into effective use for the good of the people of Daura zone and the state at large.What are the new things you intend to bring as far as representation is concerned?Well, I have said it repeatedly that we will ensure effective representation for the zone when elected because we are convinced, and indeed, the facts on ground speak for themselves, that Daura senatorial district has not got the deserved representation, especially within the last four years. So our decision to seek to represent the zone is informed by the need to provide this missing link, as far as people centred representation is concerned. So when elected, I shall, employ all resources at my disposal, including of course my contacts, experience and understanding of law making, to lobby for the citing of more projects in the zone since the state government under the able leadership of our amiable governor, has performed remarkably well in providing dividends of democracy to the state. Basically, we will lobby for the implementation of youth friendly policies and support all youth centred legislation. Additionally too, I shall do all within my powers to support legislation that will further strengthen agriculture. As a farmer and the Katsina State chairman of All Farmers Association of Nigeria, I am very conversant with farming and all the challenges facing our farmers so when elected, I shall lobby and work in partnership with like minds to ensure we come up with more workable policies that will further reposition agriculture not just in the zone or the state but indeed, the nation at large.Coming from the zone of the APC presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari, isn’t this a difficult task for you?It is but my chances are very bright for so many reasons: firstly, the electorate now vote according to personality not party, they vote for persons they believe can give them the required representation at whatever level, and my ability and background as a grassroots man has given me edge over others. I’m with the people all the time, my stay has been at the grassroots. I have toured all the local government areas in the zone beginning from Ingawa where I flagged off my campaign and the response from the good people of the zone was encouraging. We have received assurances of the people, who have been with the PDP since the dawn of the current democratic dispensation that they will cast their votes once again for PDP, in appreciation of all the good works the party has been doing in the state. So as I said earlier, our chances are very bright and we are optimistic that Insha Allah, we shall win the race and provide the people of Daura zone the deserved representation. The story is essentially the same all over the state where the PDP has performed remarkably well. You see, the good people of Katsina State appreciate good work and they know too well that the PDP has done very good. That is why as a mark of appreciation, they have continued to promise us their votes.Katsina has been a PDP State since 1999 but giving the trend in this coming general election, do you think the PDP has all it takes to retain power in the state? As you rightly said, Katsina is a home to PDP, we even produced a president from the state under the party so you can see that our commitment to the party is solid. You see, the PDP has all it takes to sustain its grip in power in the state because, for one, it has remained dutiful in providing dividends of democracy to the people. Additionally too, the PDP fielded credible and tested candidates for all the elective positions, people who have earned respect and admiration of their people and above all, the PDP in Katsina State is united under Governor Shema. So tell me what will prevent us from sustaining our grip on power, to use your own words? Insha Allah, the PDP will continue to provide the deserved leadership for the state and its people through our guber candidate, Engr Musa Nashuni, who will ensure continuity of laudable programmes and policies being implemented by the incumbent. A lot of persons are of the view that your party’s guber candidate is not a thorough bred politician and may not lead at the polls, what is your take on this?Well, I don’t know what you mean when you say our guber candidate is not a thorough bred politician. But all the same, it’s funny to even raise such issues because this is someone who has been a member of the state executive council for as long as I can remember. He served as special adviser and commissioner at various times. He has contributed to the party in different ways and is a committed party man. Don’t you think this qualifies him to be called a politician? In any case, the members of PDP, I mean the delegates, in their own judgment, have nominated this man for the job. And he is surrounded by tested and trusted politicians so what is the sense in describing him as an untested politician? Those concerns are baseless, bereft of reasoning and at best so funny to me. Our candidate is indisputably fit for the position, he is a politician and no one can take that away from him. I agree with you if you say he is not the noise making type. And that, to my mind, is the stuff good leaders are made of.
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