There are 31 days left to the governorship elections, and as we promised, Zikoko Citizen will keep you updated on important election information. In this article, we’ll look at the Centre of Commerce, Kano state and the aspirants vying for its governorship seat. 

Meet the candidates

Sixteen political parties will take part in the governorship election for Kano state. The leading candidates are Yusuf Abba Kabir of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Gawuna Nasir Yusuf of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Wali Mohammed Sadiq of the People’s Democratic Congress (PDP).

Yusuf Abba Kabir

Yusuf Kabir was born January 5, 1963. He has served as Kano’s state Commissioner of Works, Housing and Transport. In 2019, he contested in the Kano state gubernatorial elections under the PDP but lost to the current governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. He appealed the election result, but the case was dismissed in court. He’s once again running for governorship but this time under the NNPP. 

Kano state elections aspirants governorship

According to an opinion poll conducted by NOIPolls in October, Yusuf Kabi will likely emerge victorious at the polls.

Gawuna Nasir Yusuf

Nasir Gawuna, born on August 6, 1967, is the current deputy governor of Kano state. He’s also the preferred candidate of the incumbent governor. 

In 2014, he was Kano’s state Commissioner of Agriculture before he became deputy governor of Kano state in 2018 after the resignation of his predecessor, Hafiz Abubakar.

Wali Mohammed Sadiq

Sadiq Wali is the son of the former minister of Foreign affairs, Aminu Wali. On March 31, 2022, Sadiq Wali resigned from his role as Kano state Commissioner of Water Resources to pursue his governorship ambition. 

Kano state elections aspirants governorship

He was declared the winner of the PDP gubernatorial primary election for Kano state. But in December 2022, a federal high court in Kano disqualified him and appointed Mohammed Sani Abacha as the authentic candidate for the PDP. 

However, things took an interesting turn when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) released its list of gubernatorial candidates for the 2023 election. Wali Sadiq, not the court-approved candidate, Mohammed Sani Abacha, was listed as the PDP’s gubernatorial candidate for Kano state.

When you look at the candidates going for Kano’s gubernatorial seat, it’s clear that we should pay more attention to the state elections, not just the presidential election. Because the people we trust with the leadership of our states play a more direct role in ensuring our lives as Nigerians get better. You 

Did you know these facts about Kano?

  • Kano is the most irrigated state in Nigeria, with about 20 dams producing about 2 million cubic metres of water to support its agricultural and industrial activities.
  • It has the highest number of out-of-school children in the north.
  • It is a major producer of non-staple crops like sweet potatoes and tomatoes.

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