By Aliyu Dangida, Dutse
The 2019 Senatorial contests in Jigawa quite unlike other states in the federation have the trapping of big boxing bouts with opponents of equal strength ready to prove their mettle in a contest that could make or mar their political relevance.
The Senate contest in Jigawa, already christened ‘the big fight’, is simply an extension of the battle of supremacy between two leading gladiators, Governor Badaru Abubakar and his predecessor in office, Alhaji Sule Lamido who is incidentally leading a political assault on the home front. Badaru’s line up are essentially men of valour reputed to have played a significant role in his three years administration with their grass root contact going for them, while Lamido’s men consist of men of integrity who lived in the heart of the electorate solely for their philanthropical gestures and other giant strides in the area of human endeavour.
Jigawa like other states have three senatorial districts and politicians have indicated their interest to vie for the senatorial seats come 2019.
In the North Central the incumbent Senator, Sabo Muhammed Nakudu will contest with prominent politicians like Yusuf Shitu Galambi and son of former Governor Lamido, Mustapha Sule Lamido. In the North-East, the sitting senator who recently decamped to PDP may have tough time with the deputy governor, Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia and the Deputy Speaker Jigawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Ahmed M K, and former commissioner of Justice, Barrister Yakubu Ruba as well as a serving Bursar with the state college of Islamic studies, Hussaini Mohammed.
The North-West senatorial seat will definitely be very tough as about 10 aspirants will participate in the 2019 senatorial contest. Notably among them are the former governor, Senator Saminu Turaki, former deputy governor, Ahmed Mahmud Gumel, former Senator Danladi Sankara, former Accountant General, Hadi Ukashatu, President, Nigeria Olympic Committee, Engr. Habu Gumel, a Retired super permanent secretary, Mohammed Musa Gumel, former DIG, Uba Bala Ringim, serving commissioner, Ladi Dansure and the serving senator, Abdullahi Ojo.