Leadership (Abuja)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: Kaduna LG Poll - Traditional Ruler Threatens Subjects Over Opposition to PDP

A district head in Sanga Local Government Area of Kaduna State who does not want his names in print has raised the alarm that a paramount chief (names also withheld) has threatened to sack any district or ward head in his chiefdom whose subjects refuse to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) candidate in the forthcoming local government elections.

The district head, in a chat with journalists in Kaduna, disclosed that the paramount chief had told several people at several fora that he was a card carrying member of the PDP and therefore, was ready to sack any district head, ward head or title holder whose loyalty to the party was in doubt, in his chiefdom.

The district head alleged that the chief is fond of saying " we are a creation of the PDP government and as loyal beneficiaries of the party, it is our duty to ensure that the party emerges victorious at all levels in our chiefdom, in our collective and individual interior as stakeholders and leaders in the state."

The royal father who noted that traditional rulers anywhere in the world were expected to be symbols of unity, love and beacon of guidance, had become an active and partisan politician issuing threats to any of their subjects who goes contrary to their opinion.

The district head, however, appealed to the Kaduna State Governor, Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, to call such traditional rulers to order so that they do not discredit his efforts to conduct a free and fair election in the state.

He also called on the governor to dissociate himself from politicians spreading rumours that arrangements had been perfected to deploy soldiers and mobile police to every nook and cranny of the state to ensure that the PDP did not lose the election in any of the23 local government areas of the state.

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