A group known as Kaduna Market Traders Association has distanced itself from the report that they jointly purchased the 2019 APC governorship form for Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-Rufai
In a statement by KMTA and signed by Alhaji Falalu Musa Maidoya, Alhaji Gafai Boska and Mr. Thomas Yakubu JP, the group said, “We, the Kaduna Market Traders Association wish to disclaim and denounce the purported use of our name by some faceless figures in the name of purchase of APC nomination form for Governor Ahmed Nasir Elrufai.”
The statement further explained “There was never a time the Association met to decide on whether or not to purchase a nomination form for the Governor.
“We don’t know the identity of those who paraded themselves as our officials. Our investigation only revealed to us that those people are political scammers close to the Governor.
“We contacted members of the other groups whose names were used and they told us that they are equally unaware of any form of contribution for the purchase of form for the Governor.
“We are not a partisan organization and never in the 48-year history of our Association engaged ourselves in such an act of political fraud and deceit. Our Association comprises non-politicians and politicians from different parties.
“We have no reason to purchase a form for the Governor whose tenure has never been helpful to us other than inflicting hardships on our members.
“All the promises made to us by the Governor in 2015 have never been fulfilled.
“He demolished our shops, increased our taxes, failed to give us the soft loans he promised and worst of all was that during the last conduct of our Association election, he sent APC thugs and Policemen of “Operation Yaki” to invade and scatter our election materials when it was clear that his stooge lost the election.
“The Association doesn’t have N22 Million Naira to donate to the Governor. If we have such excess amount of money, we could have used it to help our members who were recently affected by flood in Kaduna. If he said he doesn’t have N20million Naira in his account, may God who is listening to him provide for him. But our name should not be used.
“Not sounding immodest, we appeal to the Governor and his political friends to stop using our names in what we cannot defend before our creator in the hereafter.
Kaduna Market Traders Association, KMTA, also called on the Economic Financial and Crimes Commission, EFCC, to investigate this purported claim to ascertain its authenticity.