Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State

By Bashir Bello

Ahead of the 2023 governorship race in Kano State, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, has anointed his deputy, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, as his successor, triggering opposition from some leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.

Ganduje anointed Gawuna as the preferred choice of the APC for the 2023 governorship election at a stakeholders meeting held behind a closed door at the Government House on Saturday, which lasted throughout the night till yesterday morning.

It was also gathered that the meeting prevailed on the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo, who was eyeing the governorship seat and favourite candidate of Ganduje’s wife to step down his governorship ambition and become Gawuna’s running mate in the election.


But a former Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly and an APC governorship aspirant, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum in protest, dumped the party to further his governorship ambition.

Rurum, member representing Rano, Kibiya, Bunkure Federal Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Pension said he defected from the ruling party because he foresaw that the zone (Kano South) is about to be left out in the scheme of things and in the fielding of candidate to contest for the governorship seat.

“I resolved to dump APC on personal ground and reasons that bothers on interest of my people from Kano South and Kano State as a whole. Since the return of Democracy, our zone (Kano South) has never produced Governor or Deputy Governor. We have been sidelined.

“So this time around, I discovered that we (Kano South) are about to be left out of schemes of things. And that was why I decamped from the APC. But my governorship ambition is still intact. I will announce my new party at the appropriate time,” Rurum however said.

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