During the ill-fated transition program of former Military President, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, voters of the old Kano State (comprising of Kano and Jigawa states) massively preferred the then candidate of the Social Democratic Party (S D P), Alhaji Aminu Inuwa. However, the SDP lost the battle due to imposition of a less popular candidate – Engr. Magaji Abdullahi, hence recording a protest vote in favour of Arc. Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya of the National Republican Party (N R C). Though Gaya’s tenure was short-lived but characterized with unfulfilled promises which hinged then, on his (Senator Gaya’s) political luck that eventually brought him to Africa House unprepared! Thereafter, Lagos State voters had not only emulated Kano State but voted out the SDP imposed candidature (of Mr. Sarumi) in favour of the late Chief Michael Otedola. References of this nature are not exhaustible; however, it is sufficed to recall the success of Barr. Ali Sa’ad Birnin Kudu as Governor of Jigawa State following the application of federal might (by the military junta) against Alhaji Sule Lamido who aspired to govern the state then!
Of most recent, was the case of Bauchi State in 2007 when the then out-going governor now PDP national chair attempted albeit unsuccessfully to impose his SSG, Barr. Nadudu for the plumb job of Bauchi’s No. 1 office was not only floored at the polls but massively rejected through popular votes in favour of the incumbent state chief executive, Mallam Isa Yuguda.
Irrespective of the political leaning of Kano aspirants to Kano government house, be it members of the defunct CPC, ANPP, Kwankwasiyya or any other late entrants to the fold of APC, it is a popular view that competence, assessment of individual capacity will not be thrown to dogs in favour narrow interest that will cause APC the seat of the state chief executive. A thoroughly but democratically adopted candidate for 2015 election in the state must not only carefully identified but tested to keep the state moving. Internal democracy in some parties are rather members’ nightmare, however, the APC in Kano nay Nigeria is expected to be an exception.
Managing the number of the gubernatorial candidates towards a level playing ground for individual aspirants remain a key component for ensuring acceptable internal democracy within the party. Thus, it translates subsequently on how the party handles voters’ reaction of the outcome of the primary election amongst other post primary election crisis management.
A hard look at the trio of Jafaru Isa, Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi and Kabiru Gaya reveals individual human capacity, zeal and determination to lead. The most vibrant, intellectually gifted candidate capable of uniting the entire voters of APC in the state including, gaining the sympathy of the opposition, is a combination of General Jafaru Isa and Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi. It is incumbent upon one to disabuse inquisitive readers’ mind that the author harbors neither grudge nor sentiments on Senator Gaya’s prospect or any other aspirant for Kano’s No. 1 office! However, Senator Gaya’s performance at the hallowed chamber is better appreciated than coming back to Kano! Previously acclaimed mouthpiece of the state whose ostentation to wealth accumulation characterized by executive arm of government maneuver cost him his over 3 term (tenure in house) and hard–earned integrity while on the chair of an adhoc investigation committee of the lower chamber, the state was only saved at the national forum by the likes of Hon. Kawu Sumaila,Comrade Aminu Sulaiman Fagge and Hon. Aliyu Madakin Gini.
In spite of likely different political stand with Kano Governor’s preferred candidate – though not yet revealed or anointed; nevertheless, APC will be better equipped to approach the 2015 Kano governorship election with a combination of the erstwhile Kaduna State military governor, Lawal Jafaru Isa as flag-bearer and Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi as running mate. Sustainability of projects and policies are instrumental to successful governance as Kano state aspires for policies and infrastructures that will outlived its present and future leadership.
Sulaiman Muhammed Ayagi wrote in from Kano.