The intense politicking to replace the deceased lawmaker in the Senate, late Senator Mustapha Bukar, has now set two brothers on a collision course.
The brothers, a serving member in the Green Chamber, Honourable Ahmed Babba Kaita and his brother, Kabir Babba Kaita, a retired Comptroller of Customs and former lecturer with the College of Advanced Studies, Zaria.
Both of them are from the same family house in Kankia, Kankia Local Government Area of Katsina state.
While Ahmed has pitched his tent with the All Progressive Congress Party, APC, his brother, Kabir has joined the opposition party, People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to realise their ambition.
Ahmed Babba Kaita, a serving member of the House of Representatives emerged from a keenly contested APC primary with 1,723 votes to defeat his closest rival and colleague in the Green Chamber, Nasiru Sani Zangon Daura who scored 1,474 votes.
Similarly, Kabir Babba Kaita, under the PDP, emerged through a consensus where his rival for the primary election, Mani Nasarawa, withdraw from the contest.
It would be recalled that, INEC has scheduled the 11th of August, 2018 for the bye-election to hold in the 12 council areas of the zone.
However, some analysts advised the ruling APC to put its acts together as the opposition party PDP may spring surprises to get the seat.
They advised the APC not to go to bed as there was still much to be done despite the election being a family affairs.
Speaking in an interview, Shittu S. Shittu, the state APC Chairman, has called on all party members and stakeholders, especially those defeated at the primary to rally round the party’s candidate to ensure success.
He requested all eligible voters to ensure full registration and obtain their voter’s card to enable them elect the party candidate during the forthcoming bye-election in the zone.
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