The Southern Kaduna political, religious and community groups have adopted a sole candidate for the PDP governorship primaries.
The group met in Kafanchan on November 23 to choose Zego Aziz, a Senator, as the region’s choice for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, primaries.
Speaking at the meeting a community leader, Pastor Bagobiri, said the entire political and religious groups in the region had agreed to support Mr. Aziz during the PDP governorship primaries.
“We have agreed to come under one umbrella, and drop whatever political ambition our people would have, to support Aziz during the PDP’s primaries,” Mr. Bagobiri said.
The group resolved that they would rather vote their own than vote for the sitting governor, Ramalan Yero, who had declared his intention to contest the primaries with other aspirants of the party.
According to Bitrus Adamu, a close ally of a former Minister of Aviation, Felix Hyet, who is also contesting the PDP’s governorship ticket from the zone, Mr. Hyet had agreed to drop his ambition for Mr. Aziz.
“It is a unanimous decision by the region, which my principal is also part of,” Mr. Adamu said.
With this development, Mr. Yero will face a fierce challenge with the bulk of his vote expected to come from delegates from the region.
With one other major contender, a former Secretary to the State Government, Lawal Abdullah, coming from the same region as Mr. Yero, one might see the southern Kaduna bulk vote getting their first win in the PDP primaries in the state since 1999.
The late Isaiah Balat came close in 2007, going into a second round in the primary election with Namadi Sambo, current Vice President of Nigeria.
Mr. Yero became the governor of Kaduna state after the death of Patrick Yakowa.