Kaduna NNPP gov candidate faults religious bodies’ endorsement of politicians

Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi, the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party in Kaduna State, has warned residents to be wary of candidates who use religion or tribal sentiments ahead of the state's governorship election on March 18, 2023.

Hunkuyi also criticized religious bodies for endorsing candidates and questioned why some governorship candidates were vying for the support of clerics in the upcoming election.

He added that using religion or tribal antics for electioneering in a complex state like Kaduna was dangerous to democracy.

Hunkuyi told journalists in Kaduna on Saturday that eligible voters should avoid divisive politics and vote for a credible candidate who will move the state forward in terms of development.

When elected governor, the governorship candidate stated that he would lead an inclusive government that would carry everyone along regardless of age, religion, or tribe.

He stated that the claims and counterclaims made by the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party in the state that their candidates were endorsed by some clerics were merely a ruse to mislead the electorate.

"I believe you are aware of a letter from the chairman of the Kaduna State Christian Association of Nigeria endorsing the PDP governorship candidate," he said. We also have an audio recording in which some Muslim clergymen support the APC candidate for governor of Kaduna State.

"How do we proceed from here, where a governor who emerges from the election will be labeled as a governor for Christians or a governor for Muslims in this metropolitan state?"

Hunkuyi urged voters to reject candidates who use religion or tribal sentiments to gain votes in the upcoming election.

"Kaduna State is known as a learning center; therefore, I don't expect any reasonable person, whether citizen or resident of the state, to be carried away by religious and tribal sentiments," he said.

Hunkuyi, who claimed to be more experienced and knowledgeable about the state's complexities than other candidates vying for the governorship of Kaduna State, also denied allegations that he was running on a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

The NNPP governorship candidate stated that he believes in the state's unity, "where nobody is treated as a second class citizen for the purpose of peace and unity; progress, growth, and development."

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