The Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, has been criticised over his recent comment that the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State has “the money and resources” to win the governorship election in 2023.
Sirika, at a fund raising for the APC governorship candidate in Katsina, Umar Dikko Radda, said, “We will mobilise money and resources; and we have them. I swear by God the Almighty we have them. We have money, and I am repeating that.
“But beyond money and other resources, we have the honour, dignity and respect that we enjoy from the people. We can tell the people what to do and they will listen to us.”
The minister’s statement has continued to generate reactions in the state.
Senator Ahmed Babba Kaita (PDP, Katsina) said Sirika’s statement showed that the APC was hell bent to win the governorship election at all cost.
He said, “It is a tradition in Northern Nigeria that you cannot beat your chest and brag with your money. This is indeed scary because it is indicating that the current APC administration is planning to use the money they have to destroy the foundation of our nascent democracy.”
Dr Kabir Musa Yandaki, the Head of Political Science at the Umaru Musa Yar’adua University, Katsina, urged voters to make the right decision and shun vote buyers in next year’s elections.