Monday, September 6, 2021

OPINION: A Voice From The Wilderness, By Edward John Auta

Zango Kataf LG has been in the eye of the storm lately. It has witnessed the resurgence of herdsmen attacks particularly in and around  Atyap Chiefdom since May 2021.

In the heat of those  attacks, I was of the view (which I published on fb) that the timing of the resurgence of the attacks in the LG  vis-a-vis the date for Local Government Council elections in the state was a dangerous coincidence and thus, smacks of mischief. 

I said then, that I hope the renewed killings  were not some sinister plan by the  enemies of the people to create the necessary environment  to either cancel the elections or manipulate the process knowing full well that they can NEVER win in a free and fair contest  especially at a time the ruling party at the state and federal levels have plunged the people into unmaginable hardship ever since the creation of the LG.

Today,  we have been vindicated as Elections in Zango Kataf LG have been rescheduled to hold on 25th September, 2021 citing insecurity as the excuse. We understand,  and believe so too, that the real intent behind this postponement is to offer the APC and their army of political contractors in the LG ample time to perfect their rigging plans or pave the way for the continuous appointment of Caretaker Committee for the LG as we saw in Kaura and Chikun LGAs respectively in 2018.

Well, September 25 will surely come, and any attempt by anyone or group within or outside the LG, to come and undermine election processes or its outcome as we saw in some other places over the weekend, such a person or group should, like in the words of Gov. Nasir Elrufa'i in the build-up to the 2019 elections, "prepare to leave the area in body bags."

Zango Kataf LGA is the home of the PDP in Kaduna State, and not even a million political contractors in the mould of Barr. I. I. Kantiok can change this reality come September 25, 2021.

Without any doubt, the PDP shall march to victory, because to the teeming but suffering masses of the LG, it is Hon. Francis A. Sani a.k.a Zimbo for Chairman or Nothing!

"Muna Tare"

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