The Senator, representing Kaduna Central in the National Assembly, Uba Sani is set to clinch the ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to contest for the Kaduna State governorship Election.
Daily Trust had reported that stakeholders in Kaduna State starting from the Governor of the State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, have already given Uba Sani the nod to work for the ticket.
Elanza News reports that among the aspirants contesting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) ticket for the 2023 gubernatorial election in Kaduna state, Uba Sani has the most formidable and robust structure to woo delegates to his side.
But Uba Sani’s efforts have gone beyond that, according to Daily Trust, a decision has already been reached by the strong APC stakeholders in the state, beginning from the Governor, Deputy Governor, the party leadership and most of the delegates that Uba Sani, as a strong politicians with National and International connection, should be supported for the APC ticket.
Elanza News reports that Uba Sani was a political adviser to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo. He was also a political adviser to the incumbent governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, before moving to the Senate.
Uba Sani who has won the hearts of his constituents through attracting constituency projects and impressing them with effective legislative performance, was gathered, after extensive discussion with some of the aspirants, Governor el-Rufai has made up his mind to support him.
Daily Trust also reported that among the 10 core allies of Governor el-Rufai, Uba Sani is rated number one.
“We met for about three hours. Everyone consented to allow Mallam’s decision to prevail. He has chosen Uba (Sen Uba Sani) as the flag bearer.
“We need to accept this as the will of Allah SWT and avoid unnecessary back talk. Let’s see how to manage our supporters amicably,” a message sent out by one of the aspirants, which was sighted by Daily, reads.
Daily Trust also learnt that the governor asked a former Chief of Staff and two-time former Commissioner of Budget and Planning, Muhammed Sani Abdullahi, popularly known as Dattijo, to pick the form for Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
Elanza News reports that Dattijo has already paid N50 million to purchase the gubernatorial form, which according to the receipt sighted by this medium dated 4/5/2022.
Dattijo was seen as the anointed candidate of Governor el-Rufai, even though he is qualify to run for the office of the Governor, having gathered political experience while working with el-Rufai, Uba Sani’s capacity, experience and political connection in the country is far above those in el-Rufai’s inner circle.
One of the aides of Uba Sani has also confirmed his choice by the governor, adding that the Senator started consultation almost two years ahead of other aspirants.
“We are happy that the governor has anointed him. He started ahead of these other aspirants. The APC is a big family and we expect everybody to work with him for the good of the party,” he said in a telephone interview last night.
el-Rufai had, while featuring on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme, said his preference of a successor is in his core team.
“My preference is in our core team; that is the first 11. I said core team because these are the guys that have worked with me since 2014 to organise our party, our campaign, and we won and got elected,” el-Rufai said.
Elanza News reports that Uba Sani has been with el-Rufai from the Obasanjo’s era and also worked with him when he was FCT Minister.
The core el-Rufai’s team as reported by the Daily Trust has Uba Sani topping the chart.
The next to Uba Sani is the deputy governor, Hadiza Balarabe, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Balarabe Abbas Lawal, three commissioners – Bashir Saidu (Finance), Muhammed Sani Abdullahi (Budget and Planning) and Samuel Aruwan (Internal Security).
Others are Senator Sule Kwari (Kaduna North), Jimi Lawal (Senior Adviser, Councillor), Hafiz Bayero (Administrator, Kaduna Municipal Authority), Muyiwa Adekeye (Special Adviser, Media) and Saude Atoyebi (Deputy Chief of Staff).