The Place of Katsina in 2023: Tinubu/Masari Ticket


From the Facebook page of Umar Tata

Many have made several postulations, within the state, as to who will replace Masari in 2023. While you hear the names of Mustapha Inuwa, Ahmed Babba Kaita, Dikko Radda, Ahmed Dangiwa and sometimes my name being bandied around, nobody has for once cared to postulate as to what will become of Governor Aminu Bello Masari post 2023.

It is a known fact that this term for PMB is the last term for the North under APC until 2031. Where will the pendulum swing? It is without doubt that SW is the strongest APC zone in south and will most certainly produce the presidential flagbearer for the party in 2023. The question now left is who from the zone. This too is simple and straight forward. It is either Bola Ahmed Tinubu or Vice President Professor Yomi Osinbajo. Unless the unexpected happens, Bola Ahmed Tinubu clearly has an edge over the VP.

The next question to be answered is who will he be paired with as the likely running mate? So many, within the political circle, will easily mention Nasir El Rufai as his running mate while to me, Aminu Bello Masari is by far a better pair for this ticket than El Rufai. Ask me why?

2023 is going to be an interesting year. While APC is going south the candidate of PDP will undoubtedly come from the north. This is quite a tricky equation for APC. What will make it even trickier is if PDP is able to field a popular candidate with mass appeal in the North, somebody like Kwankwaso. Since the North West has the largest voting population with Katsina being second on the list, it is without doubt that Katsina, where Masari comes from, should have an edge over Kaduna, which has a PDP presence and never beat Katsina in terms of the number of votes the party received. If this is done, I am sure Katsina will always be ready to stand with its own by doing for the ticket what it did for PMB if not more. We are a grateful people and are never shy to show that.

Secondly, the position of Vice President is a position always reserved for the loyal, the modest and the humble. Nobody in Nigeria will doubt this in relation to Masari but, I am sure, if you try this test on El Rufai the verdict is apparent. Moreso, over ambitious people are hardly made running mates. Over ambition is something you cannot associate with Masari.

Equally, Aminu Bello Masari is not only without a baggage of controversy, but as a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, he has legislative experience to bring to the ticket. This will surely help in engendering harmony between the two arms of government.

Lastly, on the scale of maturity in adversity and gratitude in benefaction Aminu Bello Masari is way ahead of El Rufai. While I am sure El Rufai cannot condone the kind of sabotage Masari is daily facing from Abuja aimed at weakening him in the State, Obasanjo and Atiku Abubakar are better placed to advise Tinubu on the gratitude of both. Aminu Bello Masari always puts the nation first before self as in the case of Obasanjo’s 3rd term and Yaradua’s doctrine of necessity, the reverse is the case for El Rufai. A presidential candidate always wants to have at his back a loyal deputy that he can trust.

The greatest challenge that Masari is facing in the state is that of security. Somebody may be tempted to compare Masari and El Rufai on this matter of security. While Kaduna state has only one local government affected, Birnin Gwari, Katsina has eight and most of them are fed from Birnin Gwari. I am praying to Allah to assist him overcome this challenge and give us peace so as to further reinforce our cause for the Tinubu/Masari ticket. This is my Zawiyya!
Umar Tata was governatorial candidate under PDP.later decamped to APC


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