By Emeka Mamah
Governor Patrick Yakowa of Kaduna State, yesterday, explained why he has not nominated his deputy since he became the governor last week.
Yakowa said the government was being careful with the matter in view of the volatile nature of the state, he, however, appealed to the people to show understanding on the matter.
He said this in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Publicity, Mr. Reuben Buhari.
According to him, â€œthe selection of a deputy governor for a state that is regarded as a mini-Nigeria with the third highest population in the country is not a childâ€™s play, especially in view of the fact that Kaduna State has been known to exhibit certain peculiarities at the slightest provocation.â€
The Yakowa, however, thanked to people of the state for the love shown to him since he became governor.
Controversy had been trailing the purported choice of theÂ Commissioner for Finance and a close ally of Vice-President Namadi Sambo, Alhaji MukhtarÂ Yero, as the new deputy governor.
Yero,Â who hails from Zaria Local Government Area, as Sambo, was said to have been picked for the job after a marathonÂ meeting between the Vice-President Sambo,Gov. Yakowa and other top members of theÂ party in Kaduna at the weekend.
Sources said who once worked as an accountant for Sambo at his private company, Nalado, before he was appointed commissioner when his boss became the governor.
It was alleged that top PDP leaders at the meeting endorsed Yero and recommended to Yakowa that his name be forwarded the House of Assembly for confirmation.
However, Yero’s nomination did not go down well with members of the party from the Central Zone, who is bent on producing the next deputy governor/cum governor in 2011 to complete Samboâ€™s second term of four years in office.
Yesterday, it was said that some members of the state House of Assembly had gone into hiding and refused to go to the House because of alleged pressure being mounted on them to have Yero have a smooth sail in the assembly.