Katsina governorship election: Full text of Dikko’s victory speech


Dikko Radda of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has extended his appreciation to the good people of the state for the overwhelming victory accorded him in the March 18 governorship poll for Katsina State.

Shortly after INEC declared him winner on Sunday, the former SMEDAN boss gave a victory speech at the Katsina Government House Press Centre.

Find the full text of the victory speech below:

Bismillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahim

Qulil laahumma Maalikal Mulki tu’til mulka man tashaaa’u wa tanzi’ul mulka mimman tashhaaa’u wa tu’izzu man tashaaa’u wa tuzillu man tashaaa’u biyadikal khairu innaka ‘alaa kulli shai’in Qadeer (Q3 V26)


“We asked Allah to grant us victory if we are the best people to govern Katsina state, and as winners of the 2023 gubernatorial election, we believe it is now time to give nothing less than our best as a government. As your governor, I will be humble in my dispensation, diligent in my execution, and sincere in my actions.

“I extend my deepest gratitude to everyone who voted for me and my party the APC in the elections. I also thank everyone who participated in our democratic process. To my governor Aminu Bello Masari I say thank you and hope to build on what you have achieved.

“My vision for the people of Katsina is to build a better future for everyone, and I understand now more than ever that a better future is possible for all. I have toured every part of our dear state and seen first-hand the challenges our communities face. My goal as governor is to ensure that the government creates the right environment to overcome all challenges.

“The team I will form will be diverse, inclusive, and based on merit. My administration will go about making government work for the people.

“I assure you that I will be personally responsible for ensuring our strategic policies are aligned with the realities of our time and implemented transparently and effectively.

“The security of our state will be of paramount importance to me, and we will proactively go after all banditry and criminal elements in our state. To be very clear, my government will take every possible measure to make every part of our state safe.

“We will rebuild the economy, educate our children, help the vulnerable, and provide high levels of public service. Visionary leadership entails very concise, attainable goals, and I believe I can lead a government that can deliver for the people of Katsina State.

“Our youths are our future, and they will become teachers, doctors, engineers, technicians, entrepreneurs, and leaders someday. My commitment to the youth of Katsina State will be unwavering throughout my administration. The youth will be the backbone of our economic growth, and we will support you with all the resources available to the government to actualise your dreams.

“I want to conclude by seeking Allah’s help in our governance. I also seek the help of every one of you as we embark on our future building project. I am driven by sincerity of purpose and complete dedication to accomplishing our objectives to make Katsina better.”


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