The Kaduna State gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Nasir El-Rufai, on Wednesday appointed a spokesperson for his campaign organization.
Mr. El-Rufai in a statement issued in Kaduna named Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna bureau chief of Blueprint Newspapers Limited as the substantive spokesperson of his campaign organization.
Mr. El-Rufai clinched the APC gubernatorial ticket on December 5, 2014 after defeating his close rival, Isa Ashiru.
Mr. Aruwan, according to the statement, is a hard-working and disciplined journalist and well-connected within the diverse and dynamic segments of Kaduna state and Northern Nigeria. He is also a member of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, and Africa Regional Media Hub in South Africa.
Mr. El-Rufai, in the letter appointing Mr. Aruwan said, “While anticipating your acceptance, I believe you will bring your wealth of experience to enrich efforts of the team.’’
Mr. Aruwan, a graduate of Mass Communication
, also has certificate in African Investigative Journalism from the School of Journalism, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Asides working as a research assistant to many scholars and organizations, he started a formal media practice in LEADERSHIP Newspapers Group as a reporter and rose to bureau chief of its Kaduna Bureau in 2008 before he resigned in October 2011.
On joining the Blueprint Newspapers Limited in 2011, Mr. Aruwan has been active in civil society and participating in several parleys related to deepening democracy, conflict resolution, and critical public commentaries.
He has participated in several trainings and conferences in Europe, Asia and Africa. He was among Nigerian journalists that recently participated in research training on Religious and Ethnic Extremism in London, United Kingdom.
Mr. Aruwan, who was born on May 10, 1982 in Tudun Wada, Kaduna, hails from Kabala West, Ungwan Mua’zu District of Kaduna South local government area of Kaduna State.
Meanwhile, the management of Blueprint Newspapers Limited has granted Mr. Aruwan leave of absence and wished him success in his new endeavour.