Sheik Gumi a popular Islamic cleric based in Kaduna state, warns that a Muslim-Muslim governorship ticket could escalate tension in the violence-prone state
He calls for minority indigenous people to be given political representation in any state, depending on their population
Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna state insists that his decision to select Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate is based on merit
Mr Gumi has warned that the culture and political environment in Kaduna state does not support a Muslim governorship candidate choosing a fellow Muslim as his deputy as such political move could be seen as pushing out people of other ethnic groups and religions from governance in the state.
The cleric made the statement in his reaction to the announcement by the state’s incumbent governor, Nasir El-Rufai of the All Progressives Congress (APC), that his running mate is Hadiza Balarabe, who is also a Muslim.
However, Gumi raised concerns over El-Rufai’s choice, advocated for minority indigenous people to be given political representation in any state, depending on their population as this can calm the tension build up by political marginalization in the state and the country at large