By Umar Muhammad Puma
An aide to President Muhammadu Buhari , Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has declared his intention to contest for Kano South senatorial seat.
Sumaila, who is the Special Assistant to President on National Assembly matters (House of Reps), declared his intention for the seat at a well-attended event in his hometown of Sumaila.
He said his experience of 12 years in the House and two terms as a member of the body of principal officers, as well as his current experience as a presidential liaison officer, give him an edge over others.
At the event, attended by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who was represented by the Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo, Kawu said he has all it takes to represent the zone.
“Being a founding member of APC, a former gubernatorial aspirant in Kano and member of the 2015 Presidential Campaign Council of APC is an added advantage,” he said.
Asked if he has the mental capacity and physical fitness to be in the Senate, Kawu said he would be marking his 50th birthday in March, saying he is prepared to represent the largest senatorial district in Nigeria.
“It is unfortunate that after we formed the ruling party, APC, on the principle of change and radical revolution, some elements hijacked the process and made it difficult to achieve the set objectives.
“Despite all the difficulties and challenges, we will do our best to uphold the manifesto of our great party, APC. If elected into the Senate, I will join hands with progressive minded Nigerians in order to move this country forward,” he said.
In the course of the declaration, Kawu distributed poverty elevation materials to the party supporters, which were provided by some of the members of the House of Reps, Kano State House of assembly and well-wishers.
Present at the declaration were many party leaders including some members of the House of Reps, state assembly members, commissioner of health and other APC leaders.
Members of the state assembly were led by Suwidi Kademi Gaya, member representing Gaya State Constituency, while Iliya Hungu, APC chairman of Albasu Local Government led the party officials.
Until his appointment as presidential aide, Kawu was a third-term member of the House of Reps who served as deputy minority leader for eight years.