Former Director-General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Sidi, on Tuesday joined the Kaduna governorship race under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He declared his interest at the party secretariat where he went to submit his letter of intent.
In his remarks, Mr Sidi explained why he threw his hat into the ring.
“I did not just come to contest, but I want to give back to the society. I am fully prepared to take the lead in this process. We are a party that is reputed to have a robust mechanism for resolving internal conflicts following every congress. I know we will do it even better this time around.
“When we do this, we will take back our state from the jaws of misgovernance. When we do this, we will be able to restore the pride and respect of our traditional and religious institutions that have been desecrated by an opportunistic leadership that seeks to destroy our common heritage,” he said.
Mr Sidi also lamented the insecurity bedeviling the state and promised to tackle this if elected.
“We will stop the kidnappings, abductions, armed robbery and the general insecurity which have become the trademark of the present administration. We must save our educational system by training our teachers, provide good healthcare, develop our infrastructure and above all, unite our people,” he said.
He said his vision is to ensure peace and unity and transform Kaduna State. He also said he would ensure entrenchment of party supremacy.
The Kaduna State PDP Chairman, Hassan Hyet, welcomed Mr Sidi to what he described as ‘home’.
“This is your house and you have contributed a lot to the party. My brother, Sani Sidi, we are aware of how the government wanted to use all means to get rid of you.
“They have only sent you out as part of the rescue mission to come and rescue Kaduna State. You are one of the most respected aspirants we have. I want to wish you the best,” he said.