I warned Shema against fielding Lado as Katsina PDP Guber candidate – Muttaqa Rabe
I warned Shema, Majigiri against fielding Lado as Katsina PDP Guber candidate – Muttaqa Rabe
Katsina State opposition’s People Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and philanthropist, Eng. Muttaqa Rabe said that prior to his party’s gubernatorial primary election in September 2018, he warned all the power that be in the party against fielding Senator Yakubu Lado as a gubernatorial candidate for the 2019 general elections.
Engineer Muttaqa Rabe made the statement in a video interview with Cliqq Magazine after the general elections.
According to him, when the PDP chieftains were erecting podium within the party’s headquarter premises, he had the chance to first talked to the party’s chairman, Hon. Salisu Yusuf Majigiri about the issue.
“Chairman, if you are bringing someone unpopular, some who do not know how to govern, someone whose focus is not human development or state development, someone who is not humble – because I know his humility much more than you all, someone, who is seeing government as a means of only enriching himself, don’t count me into that because I will not be part of it”, He said.
But according to him, the party chairman gave him excuses which he did not take seriously.
From that day, according to him, everybody knew his stand and that he already made it clear that to him, Katsina State is bigger that PDP and the PDP is bigger than any individual no matter how highly placed he is.
He also said he went to practically everybody he could to salvage the party from destruction but to no avail.
Later on, he said because of his stance on the issue of fielding Senator Lado, Katsina former Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema called him and tried to convince him on the wisdom behind their choice.
“I was called (by Shema) We sat together, three of us (Muttaqa Rabe, Ibrahim Shema, and Salisu Yusuf Majigiri) but issue of money dominated the meeting.
“They told me that they want someone with money because we went through two bye-elections (by then) and lost all because we don’t have money.” He said.
But when they finished I told them that money is not the only thing a candidate needs to win an election. According to him, apart from money, integrity is also key.
He also told them that for them to win the election, they must field someone better than the incumbent, Governor Aminu Bello Masari.
According to him, he even suggested Hon. Salisu Majigiri to fly the ticket and that he will give them all the support.