By Emeka MamahÂ
KADUNA – The newly sworn-in Governor of Kaduna state, Mr. Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa is said to be under intense pressure to choose his deputy from an array of aspirants who have already lined up for the job.
The pressure is coming mainly from aspirants who hail from the northern part of Kaduna where the immediate past governor, now Vice President, Arch. Mohammed Namadi Sambo comes from.
According to sources close to the government house, the new deputy governor would be expected to run for the 2011 elections to complete Samboâ€™s second term in office if Yakowa does not run.
The permutation is that the Zone 2 would complete its eight year tenure in office before Yakowaâ€™s Zone 3, produces a governor just like the federal level where north claims that it is its turn to produce the next president due to the ruling Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) zoning formula.
However, although it is too early to predict, the southern part of the state which has never tasted power since the creation of the state 34 years ago may not abide by the partyâ€™s zoning.
But, among those who may be considered for the number two position include Alhaji Umar Sani, former Director General in charge of Media and Public Affairs when Sambo was governor, the current Commissioner for Information and Home Affairs, Alhaji Saidu Adamu, the Deputy Chairman of PDP and Special Adviser to the former governor, Alhaji Hussaini Jallo and Alhaji Muhammed Audi, who was the former Chief of Staff to Sambo.
They also include Alhaji Samaila Abdullahi Yakawada, former commissioner for Agriculture in the state, a popular politician, Alhaji Hamisu Abubakar and Senator Musa Bello.
Uba Sani former â€œattack dogâ€ to President Olusegun Obasanjo was also touted to be in the race but it is not clear how far he can go because he not â€œsoâ€ friendly with the â€œSambo boysâ€.
Furthermore, Hussaini Jallo would also have problems with his ambition because of what other PDP members consider as his arrogance in the past.
Jallo was once quoted as taunting the southern Kaduna Christians where Yakowa comes from that they had no right to rule the state, a statement he is yet to be forgiven for just as he is said to in the bad books of the other party leaders