By Adeola Ajakaiye
Peter Obi, Labour Party’s presidential candidate has promised to return the fading glory of Kaduna as the hub of textile manufacturing in Nigeria if voted into power in the coming presidential election
He also promised to prioritise the challenge of insecurity ravaging the state, which is known to be the regional administrative capital of the defunct northern region.
Obi made the promises while addressing hundreds of his supporters and residents of the state, as part of his nationwide campaign tour.
He expressed dismay that the state which used to be home to the highest concentration of military institutions is experiencing insecurity, despite having these institutions.
“My major objective if voted into power, as the president of Nigeria, in the next month election, is to work to revamp the textile manufacturing activities which the state is known for in the past.
“Doing this, it creates the much needed jobs, as well as other opportunities for young Nigerians to be employed.
One of the sideline activities of Peter Obi during the campaign was a courtesy visit he paid to the palace of the Emir of Zaria, Nuhu Bali.
Obi, who came to Kaduna by air, drove to Zaria, a distance of about 40 kilometres, to visit the Emir. He arrived at the Palace at about 11.30 am.
Speaking at the palace, sources said he promised to work in partnership with the state’s traditional institution, for the development of the state.
After the campaign rally at Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Obi proceeded to the palace of the chief of Kagoro for a similar interaction. With Obi were Aisha Yusufu, member of the Bring Back Our Girls advocacy group; Auwal Tafoki, Kaduna State chairman of the party; Jonathan Asake, the governorship candidate for Kaduna state, Julius Abure, national chairman of the party; Magaret Brownson Obi, wife of the presidential candidate; wife of the vice presidential candidate; and Yusuf Datti Baba Ahmed, the presidential running mate.