The Kaduna Market Traders Association, KMTA has announced that they do not want Governor Nasir El-Rufai to return to office after the 2019 general election. The governor disclosed that some groups presented him the 2019 APC governorship nomination form at his office on Monday. It was reported that IPMAN, KMTA, an association of cattle sellers and others presented the form to the governor because they believed in his leadership of the state.
The Kaduna Market Traders association has thus released a statement dissociating themselves from the donation of the nomination form to governor El-Rufai. An official statement signed by Alhaji Gafai Boska, Alhaji Falalu Musa Maidoya and Mr. Thomas Yakubu on behalf of the KMTA was released yesterday. The statement explains that the association of Kaduna Market Traders never met and decided as a body to purchase the nomination form for the governor.
“We, the Kaduna Market Traders Association wish to disclaim and denounce the purported use of our name by some faceless figures in the name of purchase of APC nomination for Governor Ahmed Nasir Elrufai. There was never a time the Association met to decide on whether or not to purchase a nomination form for the Governor,” the statement read.
“We don’t know the identity of those who paraded themselves as our officials. Our investigation only revealed to us that those people are political scammers close to the Governor. We contacted members of the other groups whose names were used and they told us that they are equally unaware of any form of contribution for the purchase of forms for the Governor,” the KMTA continued.
“We are not a partisan organization and never in the 48-year history of our Association engaged ourselves in such an act of political fraud and deceit. Our Association comprises non-politicians and politicians from different parties. We have no reason to purchase a form for the Governor whose tenure has never been helpful to us other than inflicting hardships on our members.”
“All the promises made to us by the Governor in 2015 have never been fulfilled. He demolished our shops, increased our taxes, failed to give us the soft loans he promised and worst of all was that during the last conduct of our Association election, he sent APC thugs and Policemen of “Operation Yaki” to invade and scatter our election materials when it was clear that his stooge lost the election.”
“The Association doesn’t have N22 Million Naira to donate to the Governor. If we have such an excess amount of money, we could have used it to help our members who were recently affected by flood in Kaduna. If he said he doesn’t have N20million Naira in his account, may God who is listening to him provide for him. But our name should not be used. Not sounding immodest, we appeal to the Governor and his political friends to stop using our names in what we cannot defend before our creator in the hereafter,” the KMTA concluded.
Members of Kaduna IPMAN have also dissociated themselves from the purchase of the APC nomination form for Governor El-Rufai. The Kaduna Market Traders also suggested that the EFCC look into the claims to determin its authenticity.