Kafanchan - Ambassador Nuhu Bajoga, the immediate past Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, on Monday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) administration did not leave the state with empty treasury.
Bajoga said this at a reception organised in his honour by PDP, Zone III of the State in Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
He said that instead, the PDP administration in the State left behind N8.6 billion to the present administration.
Bajoga said that contrary to insinuations in some quarters that PDP-led administration in the state left with huge debts, "the former administration was up to date in payment of salaries.’’
"We settled 10 years accumulated arrears of pension and gratuity before we handed over to the new government despite the dwindling revenue from the Federation Account and poor Internally Generated Revenue," he said.
He also denied allegations that PDP administration stole money and incurred debts worth billions of Naira thus making it difficult for the new All Progressive Congress (APC) led-government to take-off smoothly.
Bajoga however urged the people of Southern Kaduna to support the new APC government, irrespective of party differences.
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He called on the state government to also respect the wishes of the people of the zone which includes the clamour for a university.
The former Deputy Governor, who thanked the organisers of the event, expressed gratitude to PDP for providing him the platform to serve the people.
The Chairman of PDP in the state, Abubakar Haruna, expressed concern that PDP failed in the 2015 General Elections.
Haruna, who was represented by a state officer of the party, Ahmadu Alang, called on the party’s stakeholders to return to the drawing board and strategise ahead of 2019 general polls.
Earlier, the Chairman of the occasion, and one-time Commissioner for Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, Bawa Magaji-Kufana, commended the former deputy governor for his contributions to the development of the state.
He urged supporters of the party to accept the present change in government, describing the development as "God's will".
Magaji-Kufana urged the present deputy governor, Bala Bantex, to ensure that the concerns of southern Kaduna were addressed.
In a key note address, former Commissioner of Information, Mr Ben Bako, challenged members of the PDP to rise to the responsibility of repositioning the party to face the present reality.
He, however, expressed satisfaction that PDP in the last 16 years worked tirelessly to bring the country to the present level of development.