Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday said he settled for Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a fellow Muslim, as his running mate in the 2019 governorship election in the state because she is the right person for the job.
The governor, who received in audience the people of Sanga Local Government Area at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, who came to thank him for picking their daughter as his running mate, said he based his choice on competence and performance.
“Muslim-Muslim ticket is not a religious ticket but a competence and performance ticket,” the governor said.
Balarabe’s choice as el-Rufai’s running mate had generated criticism in the state.
But el-Rufai, while responding to critics, said before he picked Balarabe, he consulted President Muhammadu