Two civil society organisations, Campaign for Democracy and Centre for Anti-Corruption and Open Leadership, have faulted Kaduna State governor Nasir el-Rufai for approving Muslim-Muslim ticket as governorship candidates/running mate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the state.
Concise News recalls that the Kaduna governor announced former Secretary of Kaduna Primary Healthcare Development Agency (PHCDA) Hajiya Dr Hadiza Balarabe as his new running mate for next year’s polls.
Balarabe would be replacing his present Deputy Governor, Bala Bantex, who is running for Kaduna South Senatorial seat on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Reacting to the development the civil society organisations asked the governor to consult with stakeholders in the state instead President Muhammadu Buhari.
The CD President, Usman Abdul, said considering the religious composition and tension in the state, it was not proper for el-Rufai to go with a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Abdul said the governor must consider the cosmopolitan nature of the state and religious interests in his leadership.
His words: “Having gone through the antecedents in the state, I think it is wrong for the governor to pick a running mate who is a Muslim.
“He knows how cosmopolitan Kaduna is with almost all diverse religious interests. Having seen the population of Muslims and Christians in the state and the diverse interests coming for businesses in the state, it is not proper to have two Muslims governing the state.
“There is suspicion in the state already and this decision could worsen the situation. The President is not an indigene of the state and does not know the feelings of those at the grassroots. The crises erupting in the state are both political and religious. The governor must consult with his people and the stakeholders, not the President.”
In the same vein, CACOL Director, Debo Adeniran, said, “We need to be sensitive to the sensibilities of the people. We need to listen to them. I think the governor needs to listen to the desires of his people and their tolerance.
“That he consulted with the President does not mean that the President will advise him otherwise. It is not the President he needs to consult but the stakeholders in the state.
“I believe that the governor must have done his own homework before such decision. Ordinarily, some of us believe that merit rather than primordial considerations should determine who does what in any public office.”