A large number of Civil Society Organisations in Kaduna state have endorsed Mallam Nasiru El Rufai as their preferred candidate for the forthcoming gubernatorial elections. This occurred during a roundtable discussion organised by the Rescue Kaduna Group (RKG).
The round table discussion which held in Kaduna at the Kabir Gymnasium on Tuesday 20th January 2015, had in attendance four hundred and seventy six (476) Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and Faith Based Organisations (FBOs)
The roundtable discussion focused on Kaduna state in the past, present and the future. The discussion was facilitated by the eminent Professor of History, Professor Sule Bello, from the renowned Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Participants at the roundtable discussion recounted the glorious heritage of Kaduna state in the past, lamented on the current development plight and suggested means for moving the state forward.
At an opinion poll conducted during the event, representatives of CSOs, CBOs and FBOs were asked to choose among the list of candidates to be elected for office in the forthcoming elections. The names presented to them were James Bawa Magaji of Labour Party (LP), Mallam Nasir El Rufai of All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Muhktar Ramalan Yero of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Polycarp Danladi Gankon of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Mohammed Sani Ahmad of the Peoples Party of Nigeria (PPN).
An analysis of the results of the opinion poll revealed that out of the 476 organisations present, 387 of the organisations present favoured the emergence of Mallam Nasir El Rufai of the APC as the next Executive Governor, 64 organisations preferred the emergence of James Bawa Magaji of the Labour Party as Executive Governor, 9 organisations chose Dr Muhktar Ramalan Yero of the PDP as their preferred gubernatorial candidate and 2 organisations chose Polycarp Danladi Gankon of APGA. The gubernatorial candidate of PPN, Mohammed Sani Ahmad, did not get any vote. 14 of the organisations present were undecided as to who to pick.
A communiqué was drafted and presented towards the end of the event adducing reasons for the overwhelming support given to Mallam Nasir El Rufai. Prominent Civil Society Organisations like, the Southern Kaduna Renaissance Movement, Women Advocacy Network, the Arewa Liberation Movement, Igbo Youths Peace and Unity Initiative, the Zaria Youths Network and several others were signatories to the communiqué.
Going by the support exhibited in the poll, Mallam Nasir El Rufai may have an easy coast to victory since CSOs, CBOs and FBOs are political organisations that are closer to the people at the community level.
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