Kebbi elders want governorship to shift to northern region
One of the factors that will determine the 2019 governorship election in Kebbi State is the zoning formula, which is already playing out in the politics of the state.
The Kebbi State Elders Forum has appealed to citizens of the state to shift the governorship position to the Kebbi North senatorial district.
The leader of the forum, Alhaji Usman Mohammed Nma said that kebbi North, which comprises of Arugungu, Augie, Arewa and Kamba local government area have not produced the governor except the deputy.
He said, “It is better to give the people from Arugungu emirate a chance to govern the state. I am from Gwandu emirate and we have produced the governor. Kebbi South, which comprises of Yauri, Zuru emirates have also produce a governor. We need to support Kebbi North.”
He enjoined all stakeholders in the state, not only to pass the message but also ensure that they work towards achieving it.
Said he, “About 24 of us have endorsed this position and we have to communicate it to the others who were not in the meeting.”
The State, which was created out of Sokoto state in 1991, has four emirates: Gwandu, Arugungu, Yauri and Zuru emirates with Gwandu being the largest emirate in the state.
Whereas the governorship race is zoned on the basis of senatorial districts in other states, in Kebbi, the issue of rotation among the four emirate councils in the state takes prominence over considerations for the senatorial zones.