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2023: Battle for Kano Governorship begins within the ruling APC

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Although time is not yet ripe for proper politicking for the 2023 general election, agitations among political gladiators in Kano State is climaxing, being the political boiling point of the North.

Presently a sizable number of politicians have started indicating their interests to come forward and contest for the most exalted position in the state come 2023.

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, politicians within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano state have begun campaigning to succeed the incumbent governor, Mr Abdullahi Umar Gaduje.

Gaduje who is serving as second term Governor of the state under the APC and his tenure will end in 2023 after the mandatory 4 years of two terms .

In Kano, So far the party has the highest number of aspirants for the number one seat in the state.

The aspirants that have indicated their interest with their posters all over the streets of Kano metropolitan.

Among them are Senator Barau Jibrin from Kano North Senatorial district who has the support of the governor secretly according to insiders.

Mr Barau, a two term Senator and former member of the House of Representatives. He chairs the senate Committee on Appropriation and is seen as one of the top aspirants with experience and resources to battle for the hot seat in Kano. Barau is also busy trying to provide democratic dividends to his constituency .

Mr Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, the incumbent deputy Governor

Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna is a former Chairman of Nassarawa Local Government and served as Commissioner for Agriculture between 2013-2015 and 2015-2018 where he was appointed as Deputy Governor of Kano by Mr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje following the resignation of the then deputy Governor Professor Hafiz Abubakar.

He holds a Degree in Biochemistry from Usman Dan Fodio University Sokoto. He is very diplomatic in politics and ambitious.

Murtala Sule Garo (Yaki sai da Kwamanda)

Mr Garo is the current Commissioner for Local Government Affairs. Garo, is well known to most people across the length and breadth of the state for his silent moves to the Government House owing to the fact that he enjoys the support of majority of local government chairmen across the 44 local government areas of the state.

Murtala is a grassroots politician that controls the majority of the political classes in the state.

He has the backing of majority APC stakeholders with the Ganduje family who have a critical role on who the governorship ticket should go to.

Kabiru Alhassan Rurum

A former Councillor in Lagos, he was the Speaker of Kano State House of Assembly that recommended the dethronement of Muhammadu Sanusi as Emir of Kano.

Rurum is a grassroots mobilizer, he is enjoying the support of APC stakeholders in Kano South who are of the opinion that power should be rotated to their zone this time.

Analysts are seeing Rurum as a mere politician with no Blueprint or capacity to lead a state like Kano.

With the touches he is making within the party, he may surprise all.

Barrister Muhuyi Magaji Rimingado

He is the Chairman of Kano Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission, his track record for modernising a state anti corruption agency to standard has earned him a lot of respect.

He is a favorite of the governor but looking at the political heavyweight of some of the aspirants and resources, that will not favour Magaji in the race.

A law graduate from Bayero University in Kano, Magaji is the best Anti-Corruption czar in the country.

If track record is a yardstick for giving a governorship ticket, then Magaji should be considered.

He was a former Vice Chairman of Rimingado Local Government before he later founded Grassroots Anti-Corruption Awareness Network Initiative, a civil society organisation that sued the government of Ibrahim Shekarau over appointment of Caretaker Committee in local governments of Kano.

A case that he won and led to Interim Management Officers in Local Governments of Kano.

Barrister Inuwa Waya

Though he is yet to resign from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation but Waya is very serious in the race looking at how he is making consultations within the party. It’s said that the governor gave Inuwa Waya the go ahead of moving with his campaign touches and has assured him of his maximum support. A move that some people saw as playing with the intelligence of Waya by the governor.

Inuwa, a lawyer, was the Director in charge of legal services of the NNPC before he was moved to another directorate recently.

“Ganduje is not reliable as he speaks from both sides of his mouth; he may show you that he is with you today and another person the following day”. A source within the party said.

Engineer Muazu Magaji

A reputable Engineer that was trained at Bayero University, Kano and Robert Gordon in the UK, Muazu has a very rich CV and Blueprint to lead the Centre of Commerce.

Tagged with Win Win, he served as Senior Special Assistant Projects to former governor Kwankwaso and Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure under Ganduje until last year when the governor sacked him for making a derogatory comment over the death of Mallam Abba Kyari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari.

He has worked in the oil sector before he ventured into politics. His commitment and workaholic zeal as Commissioner for works in Kano proved that he means business.

Some people say Muazu has all it takes but he’s lacking in the moral and character to lead a state like Kano.

Mr Shaaban Ibrahim Sharada

A former radio broadcaster with Freedom Radio in Kano until in 2015 when he was appointed Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Broadcast Media, a position which he served between 2015 to 2019 when he resigned to contest for the membership of House of Representatives.

Sharada is very dogged and committed to the cause he is pursuing. He is a graduate of Mass Communication in BUK and holds an MBA from the UK.

His series of empowerment and face off with Ganduje on policies affecting the masses has earned him respect in the eyes of the people.

Despite being a member of the House of Representatives under APC, Sharada didn’t hesitate to speak the truth to power.

He currently chairs the House Committee on National Security and Intelligence.

Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya

Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya was the former governor of Kano State and also Senator for four consecutive terms.

Most politicians believed that Mr Gaya was not very serious about his ambition to become the governor of the state, as he operated very far away from the real people.

Abdul salam Abdulkarim Zaura (AA Zaura)

Mr Zaura is not new in Kano politics as he contested for the governorship under Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) but recently defected to APC in full force with the ambition of succeeding Governor Ganduje in 2023.

Mr Zaura is a successful businessman and also a close ally of APC leader Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Many people believed that Mr Tinubu influenced him to join the APC in Kano.

He is busy bringing people into his political fold and also assisting the people through various means to support their needs . Zaura will be among the most powerful aspirants within the APC Come 2023.

PRIME TIME NEWS gathered that APC is having strong people as the party aspirants for the governorship come 2023, time will decide who will fly the party flags during the general elections.

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