Governor Ganduje Reveals Anointed Successor ahead of 2023
- Ahead of the 2023 governorship elections in Kano, Governor Ganduje has anointed his deputy, Nasir Gawuna, to succeed him
- Murtala Sule Garo, former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, was also picked as Gawuna's running mate
- Before emerging governor in 2015, Ganduje had also served as deputy to Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso
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Kano state - Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state has reportedly picked his deputy, Nasir Gawuna, as his preferred successor in 2023.
Gawuna’s choice was made at a stakeholders’ meeting Governor Abdullahi Ganduje presided over, according to Daily Trust.
The stakeholders were also said to have agreed that the former commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, Murtala Sule 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.
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Garo, who is believed to have control of the party structure at the local government level, was seen as the preferred candidate of the wife of the governor, Hafsat Ganduje.
Kano political tradition: Deputy governor becoming governor
Legit.ng notes that the incumbent governor, Ganduje, had served as the deputy of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso during the two terms he governed Kano.
Kwankwaso had endorsed Ganduje to take over from him. However, the duo fell apart shortly after the 2015 elections.
If Gawuna wins the 2023 election, the tradition of deputy governor succeeding their principals would have been maintained in Kano’s recent political era.
2023: Governor Umahi reveals anointed successor
In a related development, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi state has endorsed the Speaker of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Francis Nwifuru, to succeed him in 2023.
A statement posted on Facebook by Umahi's media aide, Francis Nwaze, indicates that the governor stated this during the internment of the father to the commissioner for trade and investment, Barrister Chioma Nweze in Okposi on Saturday, April 23.
Legit.ng gatherered that the Ebonyi state governor expressed hope that the Speaker would consolidate on the "Divine Mandate leadership" in the southeastern state if elected in 2023.