Senator Ibrahim Gaya Plots To Succeed Kwankwaso
Former Governor of Kano state and Senator representing Kano South Senatorial District, Alhaji Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya on Thursday formally declared his intention to return to Kano Government House in 2015.
Senator Gaya to press men at the Kano Press Centre that he has all it takes to take over from Governor Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso and build on his legacies.
He insisted that he was going to contest the governorship position under the platform of All Progressive Congress, “and Insha Allah, I will clinch the party ticket.”
Gaya donated N18 million Naira worth Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre to Kano NUJ and used the occasion of the commissioning of the Centre to declare his intention to take over Kwankwaso's job.
Gaya who was governor of Kano state in the aborted Third Republic under the defuunct National Republican Convention NRC.
Gaya who is chairman Senate Committee on State and Local Government Administration said his interest to contest for the highest seat in Kano was informed by his personal conviction to contribute his quota towards the development of the state.
He noted that his contribution at the floor of the Senate coupled with his over N2 billion constituency projects spread across the 44 Local Government Area of the state were enough to qualify him to take over the mantle of leadership from Kwankwaso.
“I have done it before as a young man of 38 years who became the first civilian governor of modern Kano and I will do it again. I remember I attended a function with the late Abubakar Rimi and he introduced himself as the first civilian governor of Kano.
“When I took over the microphone, I introduced myself as the first civilian governor of modern Kano and people were confused. But I explianed that while Rimi was the first civilian governor of old Kano including present day Jigawa, I was the first civilian governor of the present Kano when Jigawa had been carved out,” Gaya said, maintaining that if given the opportuniuty by the electorate, he was going to conclude his plans for Kano which was caught short by military incursion.
Senator Gaya while commissioning the Information Communication Technology (ICT) centre he donated to Kano NUJ said his political pedigree gave him an edge over all other aspirants, adding that the N18 million worth ICT Centre is meant to improve the working condition of journalists in the state.
Speaking during the occasion, Chairman of Kano NUJ, Abduljalal Haruna commended Senator Gaya for his kind gesture and maintained that journalists in the state would continue to partner with patriotic leaders and responsible citizens for the development of the nation.