From Ibrahim Sidi Muh’d, Gusau
Unarguably, the political atmosphere in Katsina State, as in most states of the federation, is getting charged by the day as the nation inches closer to the much awaited 2015 general elections. Of course, in Katsina State, different political camps and personalities have been engaged in subtle permutation of some sort all in a bid to either allocate positions or assume total control of such positions.
Indeed, this permutation may not be unconnected with the fact that Katsina plays pivotal role and occupies a significant position in the politics of not only the North West and the northern region in particular but the entire country in general.
But as the permutation of who gets what continues, issues that bothers on equity are increasingly being given prominence, more because justice and fairness are fundamental to the enthronement of an enduring democracy.
Embedded in this concern is the on- going agitation for power shift, a condition precedent on the need to have the next governor of the state come from the Karaduwa zone of the state, an area aptly known as the Funtua senatorial district.
Indeed, to appreciate the need for this call, it is necessary to stress the fact that from the creation of Katsina State in the last twenty seven years, and, since the advent of democracy, there has never been a governor of Karaduwa extraction.
This particular zone has about 1,898,000 people with 117 polling wards and 1,693 polling units can bring the desired change if they unify themselves and speak with one voice for the return of power to the zone.
Like all states of the federation, Katsina State has three senatorial districts of Katsina, Funtua and Daura. While Katsina senatorial districts has eleven council areas, Funtua and Daura have twelve and eleven respectively. But the balance of power, in terms of who govern the state, appears to be skewed in favour of Katsina senatorial district to the utter disadvantage of Funtua and Daura.
It is a matter of fact that the state has produced five governors including the late President Umaru Musa Yaradua and his successor, incumbent Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema, all of which hail from Katsina senatorial district.
Reflectively, the first executive governor of state, Alhaji Saidu Barda who ruled during the defunct second republic under the defunct National Republican Convention, hails from the Katsina central senatorial zone. But even before Barda, two indigenes of Katsina State that had the privilege of serving as governors of old Kaduna, Alhaji Lawal Kaita and Abba Musa Rimi, are both from Katsina central senatorial districts.
The Karaduwa zone parades one of the best brains the state is proud of and commands an overbearing influence in terms of numbers of eligible voters but unfortunately, long years of political miscalculation has denied it the chance to produce the governor.
But as we inch closer to 2015, pundits are of the view that it is incumbent on all well meaning citizens of not only the zone but of the entire state to support the onerous call for power shift to the zone. In simple terms, it is high time Katsina State have a governor of Karaduwa extraction so as to make for justice, fair play and importantly, give people of the zone a sense of belonging.