Governor Nasir El-Rufai has thrown out speculations that the Chairman of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada (retd.) would emerge his running mate in the 2019 general elections, with his choice of a fellow Muslim, Hadiza Balarabe.
Confirming the choice of Hadiza Balarabe as running mate of El-Rufai, the Governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said Balarabe’s choice was El-Rufai’s deliberate policy to promote women.
“There are five female commissioners in his 14-person cabinet, a feat not attained even by governors that had much larger cabinets,” he said.
Before her recent nomination, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe was the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency. Born in 1966, Balarabe who is from Sanga Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna was also a director of Public Health in the Federal Capital Territory.
Balarabe who studied Medicine at the University of Maiduguri, Borno State, and graduated in 1988, was also a former senior registrar at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital.
This is coming after Kaduna State Deputy Governor, Barnabas Yusuf Bala Bantex, revealed why he will not contest again in 2019 as Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s running mate. Bantex said this in Kaduna in a speech titled: “Southern Politics is Bridge-Building, not a Pity Party,” at a function of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna.