Kano Senatorial aspirant backs out of race


One of the aspirants for the Kano Central Senatorial district, Senator Basheer Garba Mohammed popularly known as Lado has withdrawn from the Senatorial race and donate his campaign structure to President Muhammadu Buhari and the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

In a statement made available to The Nation in Abuja, the former lawmaker said he was withdrawing from the race based on the intervention of the state governor and as a mark of respect for the governor.

Former Kano state Governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau who recently returned to the party is believed to be the party’s candidate for the Senatorial ticket and will not slug it out with Hajia Laila Buhari for the ticket.

Mohammed said “I also wish to use this opportunity to announce the donation of my campaign structure, including personnel, 25 vehicles and other facilities for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and other elective offices of our great party, the APC ahead of 2019 general elections.

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“I therefore appeal to my teeming supporters who felt aggrieved by my decision to withdraw to take the new development in good faith, strongly believing that it is Allah that gives power to whom He pleases.

“As Muslims, we are fully aware of the fact that respect for elders is akin to respect for Almighty Allah. With this in mind, I owe gratitude and appreciation to our governor who has always regarded me as a son and therefore advised that I should put aside my senatorial aspiration in order to present an undivided front in preparation for the ever sensitive upcoming elections in Kano State.

“I also wish to extend my appreciation to the people of my constituency, Kano Central Senatorial Zone and the state at large for the love and support they have given me; their support is well appreciated.

“I am also indebted to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State under the leadership of Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas for their wise counsel in times of need. My political aspiration is for the sake of our people and the unity in our party is always sacrosanct. Directors and Coordinators of my campaign organization also deserve mention for their untiring support.”

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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