Kano 2019: Time for Superior Ideas, By Ahmad Danyaro
NEWS DIGEST – Politics in Kano state presents usual surprises from sophistry that confound bookmakers and pundits, who like palmist lay claim to superlative understanding of the workings and pulse of politics with such transcendental accuracy.
Unlike other states of the federation where the most common assessment of the pendulum of political power often fall in line with predictions, in Kano political analysts and spin doctors had always eaten their words when the unexpected happens.
Many have tried in vain to unveil the myths behind the political characterization in Kano especially against the back drop of the consistency in supposed political underdogs sending political heavy weights to cleaners in the polls.
Change presents humanity with a confounding paradox. Whereas change is flexible and inevitable it forebodes a vague sense of unease. Fear of the unknown taunts the nerves of even the valorous of men. Men of destiny however prepare for change, meeting it at the doorstep with secure pace. The date of change may catch some clay-footed but quite a handful had no illusion as their mandate and approach inauguration day with precise resoluteness.
As Nigeria witnessed change in 2015, come 2019 a handful of states change is inevitable. The only experience that is permanent and constant is change. As political gladiators in Kano state get embroiled in preparation for the gubernatorial election scheduled for 9thMarch 2019, the political space is set to make a verdict in the next few days .
The new Kano that is expected to emerge in 2019 should be that which will be based on fairness of representation and participation. It is imperative to note that whoever occupies the governorship position in Kano in 2019 should derive his mandate based on the eligibility of consensus. It is political eligibility that will be seen to be fair and deserving.
Thomas Mann once declared that ‘the destiny of man presents is meaning in political terms ‘. That is to say, in our contemporary experience, it is difficult to make clear separations or distinctions between the politics of life and the life of politics.
It is pertinent to state without mincing words that the Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf’s team is not coming to mount the saddle of leadership of the state as green horns in human and resources management.
Abba K. Yusuf is a man who has distinguished himself in the service of his beloved home state of Kano and indeed, Nigeria as a whole. He is man who is active and decisive and who weighs intellect against intuition, who is fair and firm in his dealings, a man who encourages cooperation rather than confrontation as he works in partnership with others. He is a man who bears all that comes his way with internal grace and humour.
In all fairness, the flag bearer Engineer Abba Kabir Yusuf is an experienced leader going by his exploits as the personal assistant ,principal private secretary to the governor and Commissioner of Works, Housing and Transport.
The general consensus is that he is indeed a man of high grade intelligence fully prepared for the task ahead. Since his emergence as the flag bearer, Kano State is receiving a boost both locally and internationally and it is clear he would face the myriads of challenges confronting the state through a well-articulated and multi-spectral approach with a view to usher in significant transformation in the living of the state.
Undoubtedly, there is a whole new day in Kano with palpable enthusiasm as preparations are geared to sweep away the old order and the unyielding drive of the people toward the incoming administration of “Abba gida gida” as he is fondly referred to by his admirers has an electrifying air of optimism in the “Centre of commerce” .
There is a whiff of expectations from the people. They are overwhelmingly awaiting the March 2019 gubernatorial polls to vote for a radical departure from politics of subservience to snobbish overlords paying lip service to religious piety and crass insensitivity towards the people’s material and spiritual wellbeing.
To Kanawa voting Abba/Comrade joint ticket is an obligation to return the state to glory days of Kwankwasiyya administration and governed by a leadership that is accountable to God and committed to rapid socio-economic transformations through peoples-oriented policies and programmes tailored towards sustainable integrated development.
Today, PDP is on its way to forming the next government in Kano State come 2019, because all the requisite signs are there with the undying Abba Gida Gida slogan still renting the air in every household. The bottom line is, Engr. Abba has not betrayed his people, so the people are solidly behind him, and he understands what democracy is by carrying everybody along.
So the choice of Engr. Abba Kabir Yusif as the flag bearer of the PDP in Kano is a sign that the state come 2019 will witness an upright leadership that is willing to harness the energies of the population to lead purposeful, productive, contented and spiritually fulfilling lives while maintaining the state‘s track record of accommodating different, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
The gubernatorial hopeful is ready to expunge previous avenues for wastage through transparent and accountable administration as well as implement his agenda for robust self—reliance policy that will enabled the incoming administration to create multi-faceted job opportunities for the masses ,especially the teeming youth population in the state via massive local and foreign direct investment .With a passion of a zealot , AKY will waste no time to determine his drive vision and mission for the state of restoring the lost glory and propelling it to glory days.
Danyaro, a public commentator sent this piece from Abuja