I quit PDP immediately el-Rufai chose my daughter as running mate – Balarabe’s father


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Abubakar Kankur Mohammed, father of the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Hadiza Sabuwa Balarabe, says he decamped from PDP to APC because he was not ready to be in opposing camps with his daughter.

The octogenarian stated that he was a card carrying member of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) until Governor Nasir el-Rufai chose his daughter to be his deputy governorship candidate in the 2019 general election.

He said that the singular act made him end his 20-year political sojourn in the PDP.

“I was a card carrying member of PDP right from 1999 till the time of former governor of the State, Mukthar Ramalan Yero. I will be fighting my own daughter politically if I remain in PDP. But I can’t fight my own daughter. So I decided to join APC, Mohammed said.

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On how he felt about the election of his daughter, the retired educator said, “I felt very excited. I was a bit surprised because she had hardly shown interest in political activities. So I was surprised how her name was picked as deputy governor. However, be that as it was, she is now the deputy governor and we are always excited about it. We are happy, we are proud and feel honoured that she has achieved what nobody from our area had ever achieved. We are quite satisfied. Before she became deputy governor, she was working somewhere else. She was also a director in the ministry of health in FCT, Abuja. She did very well.”

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