Aww El-Rufai’s Victory Speech Will Melt Your Hearts

Nasir El-Rufai yesterday won APC’s gubernatorial ticket in
Kaduna and the former minister’s victory speech will melt your heart. Read it
“After months of hectic campaigning, our party, the APC, has
made its choice regarding its candidate for the governorship of Kaduna State in
the 2015 elections. It is a choice I accept with gratitude and humility.
“I salute all the elected executives at ward, local
government and state levels, as well as statutory delegates who voted in our
party primaries. I pay heartfelt tribute to the distinguished party men who
also aspired for and campaigned to be chosen as the APC governorship candidate.

“Your energetic campaigns have helped to build and
strengthen our party; and the party, its members and supporters would continue
to expect your leadership and worthy contributions.
“It is now time to pull all our energies and talents
together to elect an APC government in Kaduna State. This is a mission to
fulfill the aspirations of the people, and a mighty task that duty demands we
successfully achieve.
“I hereby invite the distinguished persons with whom we
competed for the nomination to continue to discharge our responsibilities
together, under the leadership of the party at the state level, to design and
launch a statewide campaign as soon as possible.
“With your support, I pledge to run a campaign that engages
and mobilizes all the people of Kaduna State for the necessary work of change,
to throw out a spendthrift, ineffectual PDP gang and elect a government
committed to participatory governance and sustainable empowerment of the
“The APC Kaduna Team is ready to provide a government guided
by fairness, passion and commitment. I am proud to be a member of this team,
and I will discharge my leadership role within it with the vision, integrity
and results-orientation that have been the hallmark of my public service.
“We really do not have the time to exult in celebrating our
choice as the APC Kaduna State governorship candidate. What has actually been
decided is the team vested by the APC membership with the responsibility of
realizing the hopes of our people for positive change; their desire for a
Kaduna State whose governance is configured to converge with their expectations
for a better life.
“This APC team must become Team Kaduna as we work hard
across this state, to enthuse the people and to unite them in a common quest to
enthrone good governance, human security and fairness.
“We take seriously our duty to work for a harmonious society
where our people and their talents will thrive in peace, confident in the
equality of their treatment as citizens by a government committed to social
“We are ready to make Kaduna State great again. We have
pondered how our dear state came to this dire condition. We have sweated on
rescue options, discussed symptoms, diagnosis and solutions with various
constituencies across the state. Based on these engagements, the APC Kaduna
Team has already presented a draft manifesto.
“That document is by no means the end of the conversation;
rather it helps to further structure the conversation around the most optimal
policies and programmes. It is also a clear indication of the values that will
guide an APC government in our state.
“Our programme is extensive, the challenge is huge but we
are making the mental and political effort to be ready to effect coherent
governance from the very first day in office.”
He said following consultations within the party, the APC
Kaduna team will shortly announce the formal launch of its general election

“We have started a determined journey,” he said. “Together
with all the peoples of Kaduna, we will work to make Kaduna State a better
place. Let’s make Kaduna great again.”

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