A chief of the Peoples Democratic Party and governorship aspirant in Zamfara State in the 2015, Alhaji Muhammadu Sagir-Hamidu, declared on Wednesday that former governor of the state, Senator Sani Yerima, was no longer a factor in the politics of the state.
Sagir-Hamidu noted that it would no longer be business as usual for the Senator, who was a two-term governor of the state between 1999 and 2007, adding that the PDP in the state had perfected its strategies to capture Zamfara State through the ballot box come 2015.
Speaking to journalists in Kaduna, the PDP chief, who is also the traditional title holder of Sarkin Rafi Gusau, insisted that the politics of godfather would no longer favour the opposition All Progressives Congress, which Yerima belonged because the people of Zamfara State were ready for change come 2015.
According to him, the state, which has been the stronghold of the opposition, would soon fall to the PDP because those at the helms of affairs in the state had made their work very easy because of their poor performance.
He said, “Well, I can tell you that this was in the past. Ahmed Yerima is of the past political era. The elders of the PDP have reconciled their differences and are ready to support any candidate that the PDP will nominate to carry its flag in 2015.
“I can assure you that in Zamfara State now, there is no question of deception either by religion or by false promises. The people are now wiser, they now know where they are coming from and they know where they are going to in 2015. So, the question of anybody coming to claim political godfatherism is over.
“The people of Zamfara State are tired and they want to sweep them out not with brooms but with bulldozers. And of course, the heap of rubbish that has been gathered cannot be swept away by broom, it is only by bulldozers . If you study the government very well, the educational system is so bad that even children cannot enter the classrooms.
“You can also see how the health care system has failed. It is so poor that when you go to hospitals, you cannot find facilities there, such that you can refer to it as hospital. You can also see the teaming youths in the state, millions of them unemployed, this is unacceptable. And the people in the state are tired of the government we have in the state.”