Muslim-Muslim ticket: I consulted Buhari – El-Rufai buhari


El-Rufai buhari 
Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday  said he settled for  Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a fellow Muslim,  as his running mate in the 2019 governorship election in the state because  she is the right person for the job.

The governor, who received in audience the people of Sanga Local Government Area at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, who came to thank him  for picking their daughter as his running mate, said  he based his  choice on competence and performance.

“Muslim-Muslim ticket is not a religious ticket but a competence  and performance ticket,” the governor said.

Balarabe’s choice as el-Rufai’s running mate  had generated  criticism in the state.
But el-Rufai, while responding to critics, said before  he picked Balarabe, he consulted President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said, “About a year ago, the Deputy Governor,  Barnabas Bala,  told me that he was go going to contest   the senatorial  election, I was in  a dilemma to get a replacement for him.
“So, we started with a list of people for consideration, and I had up to 32 names, including the  names of some people seated with me here today.

“Then, we started selection and dropping  names based on merit. From 32 names to 17 to 12 and then five, three males and two females.
“At that point, and as usual of us, when we are taking serious decisions, we consult President Muhammadu Buhari,  because he is the only person I know that has worked in the army, he has been Governor, Minister and President.
“So, when I told him, he said anyone older than me should be dropped. Then one name was dropped, remaining two men and two women, then he said ‘since you are interested in a woman,  pick the best woman’. That was how I picked Hadiza,  because she was the best.”

The governor  added that most of his Muslim-Muslim critics, were those who  did not  vote for him in 2015.
He said, “The people that have criticised me most on this are people who never voted me in the first place. So, are they not supposed to be celebrating it. In their own opinion,  I have made a wrong choice? Then, why are they mourning?”

The  Paramount ruler of Numana in Sanga LGA, Brigadier-General Aliyu Yamma, said the choice of  Balarabe  had given them hope of being in government.
He said.”The governor couldn’t have made a better choice than the selection of Hadiza. We now feel a sense of belonging in Kaduna government. We are just like black Americans in Kaduna State.”

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