Barely some months to the 2019 general elections, a disaster has break out in the Kaduna State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as 2 applicants are making a case for the ticket for the Kaduna north senatorial district.
The present senator of the senatorial district, Othman Hunkuyi’s name was before submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by the Party.
But after commencing his campaign for the senatorial seat, another petitioner, Hon. Ubale Salmanduna said he was the bonafide candidate for the Kaduna North Senatorial District , as per him, Sen. Hunkuyi’s name was submitted in “mistake since he never took part in the primaries”.
Hon. Salmanduna told his joining supporters in Zaria that they should buckle up & not be occupied by anyone professing to be the candidates for the PDP.
“Senator Hunkuyi who is claiming to be the candidate did not participate in the primaries.”
“He contested as governorship candidate and was defeated. How can somebody who did not participate in the primaries be the candidate of our party. Please ignore any such claim,” he said.
Endeavors to get the official position from the party was unsucessful as few calls to the chairman of the party in the state, Hassan Hyet was not answered.
But responding to the improvement, Sen. Hunkuyi disregard the case by Hon Salmanduna as a non-issue.
According to the media aide of the senator, Yahaya Shinko, Sen. Hunkuyi challenged the governorship primaries and when he was defeated, he contested the senate primaries with 5 different candidates and won.
“Hunkuyi contested in the senatorial primary after he lost in the gubernatorial primary.”
“He came first in the primary, while Ubale came second. The election was monitored by INEC.”
“If he Ubale says he was the authentic candidate, why doesn’t he wait for the court to decide since he has gone to court.”
“There was even an appeal committee that came to Kaduna after the primary, yet, there was no complain from the aspirants then including Ubale.”
“Hunkuyi purchased his senatorial form, got screened by the party and took part in the primary which he emerged the winner, and Ubale came fourth position.”
“Let me tell you, Hunkuyi was offered an automatic ticket by the party for the senatorial ticket , but he refused and insisted on primary This was done after he lost in the gubernatorial primary.”
“And even when INEC displayed the list of candidates, it was Hunkuyi’s name that was on the list. So, he remains the party’s senatorial candidate for Zone one,” he said.