Barring last minute change, Kano State governor Abdullahi Ganduje will pick Ibrahim Al-Amin Little as his deputy, reliable sources told DAILY NIGERIAN.
The position became vacant, following the resignation of Hafiz Abubakar on August 5.
Mr Little, a grassroots mobiliser from Nassarawa Local Government Area of Kano Central, defeated Ibrahim Shekarau at the governorship primaries of the defunct All Peoples Party, APP, in 2003.
The ticket was soon withdrawn from him and given to his distant second (Shekarau) by the national leaders of the party.
Top among the promoters of Mr Little is Abdullahi Abbas — Mr Little’s longtime political associate and influential chairman of APC in the state.
What may probably work against Mr Little’s selection, this newspaper gathered, is the fact that he is still in PDP, and has obtained the party’s governorship nomination form last week.
But for the sudden political earthquake occasioned by the defection of former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to PDP and the dissolution of the party’s executive committee, Mr Little may not have accepted the offer.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that Mr Ganduje is being meticulous in the selection in order to pick someone who will be loyal to him.
Mr Ganduje initially favoured his commissioner for Agriculture, Nasiru Gawuna, because of his grassroots support and mobilisation spirit.
The governor had recently turned down the request of a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau, to accept Umar Maimansaleta as deputy.
Mr Shekarau will fomally announce his decision to join APC on Saturday.
Sources said Mr Ganduje insisted in picking someone from Kano Central and a grassroots mobiliser whose loyalty will be to him not any other godfather.
But pundits say Mr Little is independent politician who may not be comfortable with playing second fiddle.
“Little is rich and independent. He will only accept the position of deputy governor in order to enhance his political career not to get rich,” said a source.
Mr Little did not pick several calls to his number by DAILY NIGERIAN reporter.