El-Rufai picks Muslim woman as running mate?

Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, on Friday picked the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, as his running mate for the 2019 governorship election in the state. Sources say she’s a Muslim like the governor.

Kaduna has been Muslim/Christian or Christian/Muslim.

The choice put to rest speculations that the Chairman of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, Air Commodore Emmanuel Jekada (retd.), would emerge as the governor’s running mate.

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, said Balarabe’s choice was el-Rufai’s deliberate policy to promote women.

“There are five female commissioners in his 14-person cabinet, a feat not attained even by governors that had much larger cabinets,” he said.

Born in 1966, Balarabe is from Sanga Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna.

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