Facts have emerged as to why Kano State governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, may shelve the idea of picking Ibrahim Little as his deputy.
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The ticket was soon withdrawn from him and given to his distant second (Shekarau) by the national leaders of the party.
But reliable sources said Mr Ganduje refused to agree with Mr Little’s demands that five slots of Kano Assembly be given to him to present candidates unopposed.
“Ganduje was angry with the outrageous demand. It is either Little is not interested in the position by giving stringent conditions or he is wants some control at the House of Assembly.
“It is clear now that the odds favour Nasir Gawuna. He is loyal, hardworking politician with strong grassroots support,” said an inside source.
Top among the promoters of Mr Little is Abdullahi Abbas — Mr Little’s longtime political associate and influential chairman of APC in the state.
Mr Abbas too wanted to be nominated deputy governor but Mr Ganduje immediately kicked against the idea on the premise that Mr Abbas is neither polished enough to fit in nor educated enough to occupy the position.