The Gumi Market Traders Association has denied joining four other groups in purchasing the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for Kaduna State governor, Nasir Elrufai, to contest the 2019 governorship election in the state.
It would be recalled that five groups, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria, National Association of Road Transport Owners, Traders of Sheikh Mahmud Gummi Market, the Katsina and Daura People’s Association and the Petroleum Tankers Drivers Association of Nigeria had claimed that it bought the forms for the governor to enable him contest for a second term in office.
The forms were presented to the governor at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna on Monday.
However, in a twist, the Gumi Market Traders Association denied being part of those that purchase the forms for the governor.
A statement signed by Alhaji Falalu Maidoya, Alhaji Gafai Boska and Mr. Thomas Yakubu of the Gumi Market Traders Association said it couldn’t have bought the nomination form for a governor that had over the years impoverished them.
The group claimed that el-Rufai had inflicted pains on its members by demolishing their shops and imposing taxes on them.
The leadership of the group however distanced itself from the statement, insisting that the Gumi Market traders were part of those that purchased the form for the governor.
A statement by the Chairman of the union, Ibrahim Daudawa, claimed that Kaduna Market Traders Association that purportedly distanced itself from those that purchased the governor’s form was “a fraudulent and fake organisation.”
“We challenge these individuals to unveil themselves and not drag our names and association in their political gutter”, he said.
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