A close observer of Kaduna State politics does not need a ‘prophet’ or a clairvoyant to know that the body language of the governor of Kaduna State, Malam, Nasir el-Rufai does not want the incumbent senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Shehu Sani, to be re-elected in 2019 general election.
Last week, Kaduna State governor, Nasir el-Rufai, had accused the three senators representing the state of working against a World Bank loan request by the state government, saying they are useless and ignorant.
The governor made the comment weeks after the senators -Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central), Sulieman Hukunyi (Kaduna North), and Danjuma Leah (Kaduna South) — blocked a $350million loan request by the Kaduna government.
The state had sought to get the facility from the World Bank but the federal lawmakers said the loan would erode the economic viability of the state.
But el-Rufai, while speaking at the inauguration of the All
Progressives Congress’ campaign for the local government election in the state at the Kaduna Township Stadium, described the lawmakers as the enemies of democracy.
The governor told the thousands of people at the venue that the senators conspired to stop his government from obtaining the loan to build infrastructure and develop the state.
In the case of Kaduna Central Senatorial District, the governor has always expressed misgivings about the brand of politics being played by Senator Shehu Sani and his faction of the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in Kaduna State.
Having allegedly made up his mind that Shehu Sani does not deserve reelection over alleged poor performance and other sundry issues, the governor of Kaduna State is likely to face a dilemma in choosing the next senatorial candidate to back within the APC for the Kaduna Central Senatorial seat in 2019.
Among the top two contenders for the seat are Malam Uba Sani, who had been a close ally of Governor el-Rufai and a close confidant. He is the Political Adviser to Governor el-Rufai and is also believed to be one of the most influential persons in the el-Rufai administration.
Political pundits alleged that he is too elites and far from the masses and thus lacks the grassroots support necessary to win over the local peoples of Kaduna Central Senatorial District.
Another top contender for the seat who is also a staunch supporter of both el-Rufai administration and President Muhammadu Buhari, is Lawal Adamu Usman who is popularly known as Mr LA. He is young with immense
grassroots appeals, shuns divisive politics, supportive of the masses, liberal and down to earth. He is said to be a favourite of President Muhammadu Buhari and has never wronged the governor while not allowing
himself to be a lackey of anyone.
Alhaji Lawal Adamu aka Mr LA, is one political actor with a rare blend of the wisdom of the old and the dynamism of the younger generation.
His chief qualities are his characters that are natural, often backed by skills, experiences, intelligence, integrity, with instincts – all combined together to achieve his goals, and the overall happiness of the people he aspires to represent in politics.
First and foremost, his best selling point as a politician is honesty, which makes him trustworthy and reliable; he captures the essence of truth, displays sincerity and practices what he preaches. He makes decisions and accepts responsibility for his actions and his words.
Mr LA’s greatest strength is deriving joy in expending energy and personal resources on serving people, firmly believing that a fulfilling and meaningful life is created through service to others.
A rare example of an effective politician, his followers have trust in him as he has long ago built trust by displaying good sense of character and qualities composed of values, beliefs, traits and skills.
Another important trait that stands Mr LA out is integrity and inherent technical skills to handle challenging moments, issues, plans, projects, ideas and to initiate solutions to problems.
Integrity, to him, is simply a matter of consistency of actions, methods, measures, values, principles, expectations and outcomes. He cherishes doing what is right, both legally and morally at all time
even when no one is looking, a quality that endears him to people.
Mr LA, the current thrill of Kaduna politics, believes that since politicians are expected to play very significant roles in the administrative processes, especially having hands in policies in their communities, state and country, they should be modest, with experience in social welfare, volunteering or should have done some good work for
Thus, having a thorough knowledge and up-to-date
information about his political constituency, Mr LA promptly provides most of its immediate needs from his own purse. His disciplined personality with selfless service to make life better for his people is therefore reflected in his empowerment effort for the community where he lives in all ramifications.
He has taken it upon himself to construct hundreds of community institutions of learning, sponsored
the education of hundreds more and put smiles on the faces of many more hundreds within communities that make up his constituency, which earned him the acronym, “Dan Baiwa.” He does all these out of sheer conviction that a good aspiring politician enriches lives, and that
selfless service is “putting the welfare of the people you’re
representing before your own”.
Mr LA also firmly believes in taking care and maintaining the community of his people, insisting that community service is about giving back. This of course, is not the case with most other self-seeking politicians in the state and their
agents who capitalise on the exploitation of cleavages of religious and ethnic nature to cause artificial divisions among the people.
He has consequently been called upon by the people to run for the senatorial seat of zone two comprising Kaduna North, Kaduna South, Birnin Gwari, Igabi and Giwa local government areas. He is the hope of
Kaduna Central District in 2019.
Mohammed Usman writes from Kaduna
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