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Kaduna Christians Irked As El Rufai Presents Muslim-Muslim Ticket On 2nd Term Bid

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Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State has picked a woman, Hajiya Hadiza Balarabe as running mate for the 2019 elections.

El-Rufai announced his choice on his Twitter handle on Friday, November 2, 2018.

His present deputy, Barnabas Bala Bantex has opted to contest the Kaduna South senatorial seat.

With this ticket, El Rufai has chosen to present Muslim-Muslim ticket to the Kaduna electorate. This move, which strengthens the autocratic governor’s image as an intolerant fundamentalist, has been greeted with protests by the Christian community in the South Western state.


Hadiza Balarabe, a medical doctor from Sanga council in Kaduna south, was the former executive secretary of Kaduna Primary Health Care Development Agency.

“She will be the first elected female Deputy Governor in Kaduna State”, El-Rufai tweeted.

According to Daily Trust, Hadiza is a Numana by tribe and hails from Gwantu was attending a conference in Kenya when she was invited back home by Governor El-Rufai.

She will be the second female deputy governor of the state after Pamela Sadauki.

She’s a trained medical consultant on public health and primary health care.

She obtained her MBBS from the University of Maiduguri in 1988. She had worked as a public health consultant, public health physician, Federal Capital Territory Primary Health Care Board, and director public health, Federal Capital Territory Administration.

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