About five contestants are currently in the forefront of the race to become the next deputy governor of Kano, following the resignation of the previous occupant of the office, Hafiz Abubakar.
Among the contenders, is a serving commissioner for information in the state, Malam Muhammad Garba, Punch reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Garba is an age-long ally of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, as well as a one-time national president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Other contenders are the recently reinstated speaker of the state House of Assembly, Kabiru Al-Hassan Rurum; the ousted speaker, Abdullahi Yusuf Ata; the state APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas; and Sheikh Ibrahim Khaliel, who is reported to be the favored candidate of the Kano Ulama group, a formidable pressure group in Kano politics.
Reports however indicate that Garba may eventually win the spot as he is a long-standing ally of Ganduje, and is also opposed to the former governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that the deputy governor of Kano state, Hafiz Abubakar, on Sunday, August 5, resigned his position and returned to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Abubakar, an ally of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former governor of the state, in a letter dated Sunday, August 5, and addressed to Abdullahi Ganduje, the state governor, said he was resigning as a result of “irreconcilable differences” between them.
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