by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State, Senator Uba Sani, has picked Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s deputy, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, as his running mate for the upcoming 2023 gubernatorial elections in the state.
Sani, who made the announcement on Monday night after consultations with critical stakeholders of Kaduna State, said “I am happy to announce that I have picked Her Excellency, Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, as my running mate in the 2023 governorship election in Kaduna State.”
In a statement by the lawmaker, Uba said Dr. Balarabe has contributed immensely to the giant strides recorded by the Mallam El-Rufai’s administration in terms of infrastructure and human capital development.
He further stated that, “Dr. Balarabe has demonstrated hard work, punctuality, dedication and team spirit in the discharge of her responsibility as Deputy Governor, which has endeared her to the critical stakeholders in the State.
“I wish to, therefore, call on the good people of Kaduna State to support the choice of Dr. Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe as my running mate. I also enjoin them coming out en-masse to vote for our ticket during the forthcoming 2023 general elections. Your mandate in 2023 will enable us to build a peaceful, prosperous and greater Kaduna State. Together, we are determined to make the State a reference point for good and responsive governance,” Sani stated.
Unconfirmed report, however, had it that most of the Christian politicians of Southern Kaduna origin turned down request to deputize Sen. Sani’s Governorship candidacy, just as Dr Balarabe also earlier allegedly turned down the request by Governor El-Rufai to deputize Sani.