By: Ali Musa Biu
The battle for the Governorship of Borno may be decided in Biu, as both candidates of the leading political parties, the PDP and the ruling APC, narrow down their choices for the deputy governorship from the area.
Biu, the largest Local Government after Maiduguri Metropolitan and Jere has become the darling of both parties following growing political consciousness and their seeming pivotal role in the politics of southern Borno State, where the deputy governor usually comes from.
Our correspondent reports that while the APC gets set to name her choice for the deputy governorship after the stakeholders’ meeting currently going on in Maiduguri, the PDP is keeping their plans close to their chests until they know where the running mate for the APC will come from before announcing their choice.
A source close to the PDP candidate, Muhammed Imam, told our correspondent that, the PDP candidate has already made offers to one of the contenders for the post in the APC , to be his running mate, in the event the APC fails to pick him.
Initial reports indicate that Umar Usman Kadafur was the favourites, until fresh political realignments which has propped up several others.
The meeting of the APC stakeholders in Maiduguri is expected to ratify Professor Zullum’s choice of running mate and kick start the processes of real politicking in the state.
Our correspondent who has been monitoring developments further reports that, as it is, the APC is enveloped in tension pending who will eventually be announced as the choice between Umar Usman Kadafur. Usman Mamman Durkwa and Tarpaya all of whom have been lobbying for the post.