A former House of Representatives member, Hon. Jonathan Asake, on Tuesday, stepped down as the President of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) an umbrella body of the southern Kaduna people in the state to contest the governorship election of the state.
Asake joins the race under the Labour Party.
His vice, Dio Maisamari, has now stepped in as the new SOKAPU president.
The governorship hopeful, while announcing his resignation as the SOKAPU boss at its Secretariat in Kaduna, said he officially stepped down to answer the clarion call of the majority of people to join the race to Sir Ibrahim Kashim Government House come 2023.
He said, “What you’ve been hearing is now confirmed that I have answered a clarion call by people and by the larger people of Kaduna State that I should contest for the Gubernatorial election come 2023.
“I have answered this call having observed what has gone on for a very long time within my period as SOKAPU President, and I have seen the way insecurity has taken over the entire State, criminals freely crossing our borders and come into our State and killed, destroyed our farmlands and get away with it, and I feel leadership can fixed those things.
“Since there is an opportunity for me to offer myself to render leadership in this category and by our constitutional provision, I know the essence of government is security, well-being, and welfare of the people.”
According to him, he is ready to work hard and showcase himself to the people of the state and also ready to give an inclusive leadership that will entrench fair play, justice, and equity to the entire people if elected.
“When we’ve leadership that entrenches fair play, justice, and equity, it won’t matter where you come from, it won’t matter your religious affiliation or the region you come from all that will matter is quality leadership and coming from SOKAPU as their leader I want to extend that kind of leadership style to the entire State.”