By Abdu Labaran Malumfashi,
Reacting to one of the articles I wrote about three weeks ago titled: ‘why a Bakane should not be a civilian governor in Katsina State’, someone who wrote under the nomenclature of email@example.com,
pointedly remarked that “we should talk about credibility not sentiment”.
That left me wondering if that is the best thing the opposition PDP can churn out. Either that or the man does not understand the meaning of the two words he used, because you do not utter the word ‘credibility’ and Senator Yakubu Lado Danmarke in one breath.
I mean, there is absolutely no basis for comparison between Dr. Dikko Umar Radda of the ruling APC and PDP’s Senator Yakubu Lado Danmarke. It is like comparing light and darkness.
Dr. Dikko’s educational achievements speak eloquently for him as a serious person who would not suffer foolish souls gladly.
From primary school to university, Dr. Dikko’s life of scholarship was very much documented and accounted for, a truism that can hardly be said about the PDP’s candidate whose scholarly life remains a mystery even to himself.
It is difficult for anybody to say with certainty the schools that the PDP’s candidate went through beyond the primary school he is said to have attended.
We are not singing somebody else’s praise, we are only saying the truth as should be told.
Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria is not known for shady scholarship and anyone who cannot express himself, even in the language he claims to belong cannot be a governor anywhere.
The BBC’s programme for the governorship candidates two weeks ago brought out the serious contestants, and the those who are perpetually just there for the ride. This was a sentiment expressed by some of the elite in the party.
The point this writer is making is very obvious. You cannot take a credit for someone else’s labour.
It may be argued that even if the man’s purpose for going into politics is to make more money, you need to fully prepare for it. No one can take the credit for teaching a soul that only believes in making more and more money for himself, without any benefit for the place he represents.
We are all aware of why the PDP’s flag bearer was first sent to the House of Representatives, then to the Nigeria’s Senate. The intention of sending such a person to the pinnacle of law-making in the land is to place him and the people of the constituency to ridicule before the eyes of the world. The rest of the world will only look at the area he represents as being anything but literate if he is the best they can send to the National Assembly.
The APC flagbearer is well known for philanthropy through his work in the Gwagware Foundation, a thing not associated with the PDP’s flagbearer.
Besides, the APC’s Dr. Radda is fully tutored in the Masari School of giving a helping hand to the less privileged, a fact that cannot be said about Yakubu Lado beyond taking care of the monthly needs of the state’s headquarters of the PDP.
One of the things tought at the Masari School of giving a helping hand is to encourage self reliance and pride in the legitimate pursuit of whatever one does under the laws of the land.
Again, this writer was in the habit of bulk purchase of recharge cards from street vendors. One day I overheard a discussion between two street vendors as to why I was always in the habit of bulk purchase of recharge cards to the tune of many thousands. I told them it was a habit taught and encouraged by Governor Masari.
In any case, one can only give what he has, and the PDP’s candidate does not have what it takes to be a civilian governor in Katsina State.
Again, it may be argued that the running mate of the PDP’s flagbearer is very much sound upstairs. That may be true. But that does not make him a governor, since he was not elected as one.
Besides, the governortorial running mate of the APC’s candidate is no slouch himself when it comes to his upstairs.
His Excellency Faruk Jobe was a banker of the highest pedigree. Banks, not being charitable organisations, are not known to be in the habit of making slouches regional managers. The bank (UBA) employed all the tricks to keep him within its fold, but reluctantly gave up, because the pull of politics was too much for him.
It can be said of him that he is a square peg in a square hole who can represent his principal anywhere, and nobody will be shamed.
No more no less.