Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has endorsed his deputy, Dr. Nasiru Gawuna, as his preferred choice as the All Progressives Congress governorship candidate in the 2023 general election.
The choice of Gawuna was made at a stakeholders’ meeting presided over by the governor on Saturday.
Stakeholders were also said to have agreed that the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Garo, should be the running mate of Gawuna in the election.
It was gathered that it took the intervention of party leaders and elder statesmen to prevail on Garo to step down for Gawuna.
Garo, who is believed to have control of the party structure at the local government level, was seen as the preferred candidate of the governor’s wife, Hafsat Ganduje.
Ganduje served as the deputy governor to Rabiu Kwankwaso during the two terms he governed Kano State.
Should Gawuna win the 2023 governorship election, the tradition of deputy governors succeeding their principals would have been maintained in the state’s recent political era.
Meanwhile, the governor is expected to pick the nomination and expression of interest forms for the Kano North Senatorial District on Monday.
The senatorial seat is currently occupied by a strong member of the defunct faction of the APC in the state, Senator Jibril Barau.