by Dare Lawal
One of the interesting senate races to watch out for next year will be in Kaduna North, where Suleiman Hunkuyi of the APC will slug it out with Ahmed Makarfi of the PDP.
What makes that race exciting is the relationship between the two men. In 2003, Hunkuyi contested for the governorship of Kaduna under the platform of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). He lost to Ahmed Makarfi, who was the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate. Hunkuyi however later joined the cabinet of Makarfi, and served as commissioner of finance, a high ranking cabinet position. The two men have since parted ways again, with Makarfi still in the PDP, and Hunkuyi now in the APC.
To get the chance to compete against his old foe and boss, Hunkuyi had to defeat the former Interim Chairman of the All Progressive Congress in Kaduna State, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, in the APC primary on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Comrade Shehu Sani, the Kaduna-based human rights activist who has very strong views on security issues and how best the government can tackle Boko Haram has taken the leap from activism to politics and his first step was a pretty solid one. Sani defeated the incumbent senator representing Kaduna Central, Sani Saleh, to win the APC ticket.
He got 921 votes as against Saleh’s 600 votes. Sadiq Mamman Lagos got 156 votes, Sani Suleiman got 499 and two terms House of Representatives’ member Mohammed Suleiman scored 11 votes.