Ahmed Zakari, the youngest member of President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet and son of former acting chairperson of INEC, Amina Zakari, has purchased the APC nomination and expression of interest forms to contest for governor of Jigawa State in 2023.
His mother’s appointment as acting chairman of INEC between July 30, 2015 to November 9, 2015 had drawn widespread criticism, being a relation to Mr Buhari.
Mr Zakari, a trained engineer and former Executive Director/Chief Operating Officer of General Electric in Nigeria, was appointed the Special Adviser to the president on Infrastructure in 2019.
In a letter of intent sent to party leaders in Jigawa State, Mr Zakari said he decided to run for governorship after due consultation to consolidate the achievements of the present governor, Badaru Abubakar.
“After due consideration and consultation, I will be joining the aspirants that are vying to run for the Office of Governor of Jigawa State in the upcoming primary elections of our great party,” said in the letter.
“With my requisite experience in Engineering, Economics, Finance and Administration gathered from years working and studying across the globe and in Nigeria, I believe (if given the opportunity) I can build on the great legacy of His Excellency Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar.
“I have always been an early starter. I became the youngest African Executive in the history of General Electric’s renowned CAS program at the age of 28. I started repositioning and managing multibillion dollar businesses in GE at the age of 29. I was turbaned as the Santuraki of Kazaure prior to the age of 30. I am also today, the youngest person in the Buhari Administration to occupy a cabinet level position as Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure. I started this role at the age of 36.
“In my time as the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure (since 2019) I have worked on many significant national assignments under the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and I must thank them immensely for providing me the opportunity to serve and the platform to excel”.