By Ignatius Okorocha
Ahead of 2019 general election, Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi who represents Kaduna North Senatorial District was officially received to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alongside several of his supporters from across the State recently at the Trade Fair Complex in Kaduna.
At the occasion, Hunkuyi said he is not deterred by any effort of government to witch-hunt and intimidate him because of his decision to say the truth and stand by the people who are yearning for good governance in Kaduna State and entire Nigeria.
The event which attracted people from all parts of the state also had in attendance, national leaders of PDP, senators and members of the House of Representatives as well as labour and students union leaders among others.
At the event, Hunkuyi told the crowd to use their power which is the voters card to vote out the ruling All Progressive Congress in Kaduna State and Nigeria in 2019 for unleashing untold hardship on them contrary to the yearnings and aspirations of the citizenry which voted them to power in 2015.
Hunkuyi alongside other federal lawmakers from both the Senate and House of Representatives dumped the APC for the PDP on July 24, 2018.
Though Senator Hunkuyi was among those that formed the All Progressive Congress and ensured its victory during the 2015 general elections, he had decided to pitch his tent with PDP, which he also laboured to form in 1998 in Kaduna State.
Hunkuyi who was at one time, Deputy National Organizing Secretary of APC and Chairman Nasir El- Rufai Campaign Organization in 2015 said the ruling party had failed woefully to work in line with promises made during the 2015 electioneering campaign.
According to him, PDP has learnt its lesson and has rebranded, hence the need to work with the party to wrest power from APC who has unleashed pain and hardship to the people in Kaduna and entire Nigeria.
Also speaking at the event, the National Secretary of the PDP, Senator Umar
Ibrahim Tsauri lamented the crises brought about by the APC Government at the centre and in Kaduna in particular. He urged Hunkuyi and his supporters to “put hands together in order to oust the present administration.
Kaduna State PDP Chairman, Felix Hassan Hyet who described Hunkuyi as grassroots politician and professor of politics said himself and Hunkuyi in 1998 moved from one local government to another in the state in order to establish PDP. He is happy that Hunkuyi is now back to the Peoples Democratic Party.
Hyet said whatever misgivings placed on Hunkuyi for bringing Governor Nasir El-Rufai to power is now forgiven based on his decision to quit APC and rejoin PDP. He promised to work with Hunkuyi and his supporters in order to liberate Kaduna and Nigeria from the shackles of APC.
Hyet maintained that “Hunkuyi brought El-Rufai to power. I believe he has realized his mistake and would work hard towards correcting that by helping to send him packing from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House,”
Former Kaduna State Governor, Dr. Mukhtar Ramalan Yero who expressed joy over the return of Hunkuyi to PDP, said “PDP is back and the people are yearning for its return to power.”
Senator Hunkuyi who is described as grassroots politician and Professor of Politics was the first elected Executive Chairman of Makarfi Local Government Area of Kaduna State, now Makarfi and Kudan LGAs. He had served as Commissioner of Finance and elected as Senator in 2015.