Monday, August 6, 2018

Commissioner, four others jostle for Kano deputy governor’s office

Sources close to the Kano State Government House, disclosed that so far , about five contestants are in the forefront of the race to become the next Deputy Governor.

Prominent among them , according to our investigation, include, the incumbent Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba , who was a one- time National president of the NUJ , as well an age- long ally of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje , who hails from Kano Central , the same constituency with the former Deputy Governor .

Others include the recently reinstated Speaker of the House of Assembly , Kabiru Al - hassan Rurum , the ousted Speaker, Abdullahi Yusuf Ata and Abdullahi Abbas, the state APC Chairman, as well as Sheikh Ibrahim Khaliel , who is said to be favoured by the Kano Ulama group, a formidable pressure group in Kano politics.

Also, it was learnt that victory may likely sway to Muhammad Garba , who apart from being a long -standing ally of Ganduje, was also very vocal against Kwankwaso .

All the four with , the exception of Rurum are from Kano Central Senatorial District, same as Hafiz, while Rurum is from Kano South Senatorial District , which is the same constituency, with the current Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Usman Alhaji .

However, it should be recalled that the relationship between Ganduje and his erstwhile deputy , Professor Hafiz Abubakar had become frosty barely one year after taking oath of office .

Furthermore, it was learnt that Hafiz was alleged to have been sidelined, a situation that informed his decision to throw in the towel on Sunday

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