Unlike other states in the north, the recent primaries in Katsina state were not problem-ridden. Although there was some level of contests, those who eventually emerged as winners in the primaries did not come to many political observers as a surprise.
Kwankwanso vs Shekarau fixture not certain in Kano For instance, in the Katsina South contest, the APC flag bearer, Bello Mandiya, is the Chief of Staff to Governor Aminu Bello Masari who was was generally seen as the preferred candidate to win in the contest as he had the blessing, support, and backing of his boss, Governor Masari and the incumbent, Senator Abu Ibrahim.
In the PDP, the flag bearer, Shehu Inuwa Imam, is an ally of the late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. With the demise of late Yar’Adua, he maintained a low profile politically without pledging any allegiance to the emerging political camps in the state.
Although he left the PDP to APC at a point, his stint was very brief before returning to the PDP. He is seen as a serious challenger to the incumbent, Senator Abu Ibrahim, who is seen by many to have overstayed his welcome in the Senate. But more importantly, Again, the Katsina South senatorial district is known for supporting the opposition party, ANPP, CPC and APC from time.
Katsina North (Daura Zone)
It is the same in the Katsina North senatorial district as they are known for supporting opposition party, ANPP, CPC and now ruling party, APC. Particularly, that the area is the senatorial district of President Muhammadu Buhari, it is a must win for the APC. Primary: PDP members kick over alleged imposition in Lagos Central seat Again the APC flag bearer, Senator Ahmed Babba Kaita is the incumbent. Before now he was the member representing Kankia, Kusada, Ingawa federal constituency. He rose to the seat of Senate after emerging winner of the bye-election conducted in the area recently to fill the vacant seat created by the death of Senator Mustapha Bukar. PDP flag bearer – Mani Nasarawa, is a one-time member of House of reps. Contested for senatorial seat of the area but lost to late Senator Kanti Bello.
Katsina Central (Katsina Zone)
APC flag bearer – Former Managing Director of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), Mr. Kabiru Abdullahi Barkiya, is an in-law to Dahiru Mangal. He aspired for the governorship on the ticket of the PDP in 2015 but lost out at the party primaries. PDP flag bearer is Hamisu Gambo Lawal, former Chairman of Katsina Local Government.
(Culled from Vanguard)