Senator Sirika: I’m not Abuja-based politician

The Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, on Saturday, dismissed the rumours making the rounds in Katsina State that he is among the Abuja-based politicians.

Sirika, who dismissed the allegation while addressing journalists in Dutsi-Katsina during the conduct of the All Progressives Congress (APC) local government congress in the area, said he is always with his people at the grassroots.

The minister explained that he was among those who established villages and towns in the Dutsi Local Government Area of the state and has been catering for the humanitarian needs of the rural dwellers in the area.

According to the minister, “I am not an Abuja-based politician. We are always with our people here. We are members of the royal family of this place (Dutsi). We established these villages and towns, we nurtured them.”

He, however, said consensus remains the best option for the ruling APC in electing its officials in the ongoing congresses across the country.

The minister while applauding APC members in the state for adopting consensus for the congresses without acrimony, described the ongoing exercise as peaceful and excellent.

He said: “I don’t know if there is anybody in his right mind that would not want a consensus. If today you are in a dispute in a court of law and you tell the court that you want to do consensus the court will grant it.

“That is a democracy, peaceful co-existence and good social interaction. Consensus shows that you are together, one people and you are able to agree. Consensus is the best option for APC and indeed any other political party in the country.”

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