Jigawa State Deputy Governor and Gubernatorial flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Umar Namadi has been tripped as the candidate to beat in the Saturday States’ Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections in the country.
Aside incumbency, many factors have been identified to be strongly in his favour in the current race to the Government House in Dutse.
Speaking to news men in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer of Emeralds Green-Label Insurance Brokers, Mallam Mikhail Abdulmalik said that he had known Namadi for over 20 years and that given what he knew about the chartered accountant turned politician, he may have been divinely prepared for the position he’s now contesting for in the State.
Abdulmalik noted that the APC governorship candidate was a disciplined and thorough-bred financial expert whose wealth of experinece in both private and public service would add enamous value to good governance. “And this is evident in the various positions he has occupied in the State from the Commissioner of Finance to Deputy Governor,” he said.
Abdulmalik, a chartered insurance broker explained that Namadi is an acknowledged humble man flushed with deep fear of God and he’s widely interacted indiscriminately.
He added that the governorship hopeful parades impeccable academic credentials matched with morals, humility, thoroughness and sound leadership capacity.
According to Abdulmalik, another salient factor that would work in his favour is that since the creation of Jigawa State in 1991 and the subsequent birth of democracy in 1999, Namadi’s Senatorial district, Jigawa Northeast (Hadeija emirate) has never produced the State Governor saved the other two – Jigawa North West (Gumel, Kazaure and Ringim Emirates) and Jigawa South West (Dutse Emirate). The two districts have each produced the civilian governor twice respectively.
“Now that his district has got the ticket to field Namadi, a consummate technocrat and silent philanthropist as flag bearer of the ruling APC that has also done so well in the State, I see him ambling his way to the Government House following his victory at the polls come Saturday, March 18, 2023, God willing, he posited.
lt would be recalled that Namadi had promised in his manifestos to ensure that Jigawa State’s resources were efficiently and prudently utilized and that the State’s economy would be diversified to create job opportunities for the teeming youths.
Acknowledging that the State is agrarian, he also promised to prioritise agriculture, environment, healthcare, education as well as urban and rural infrastructure development. He also intend to invest in technology and innovation.