Less than one week to Gubernatorial election, 32 gubernatorial candidates in Kaduna State under the auspices of Kaduna State Progressive Governorship Candidates Forum have unanimously stepped down for Governor Nasir El-Rufai of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
They adopted the governor as their candidate in Saturday’s governorship poll.
They made their decision public on Monday where the 32 candidates and 49 political parties endorsed El-Rufai, affirming him as their consensus candidate.
Chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), Comrade Auwal Abdullahi Aliyu said they came out to support the governor towards ensuring he continues with his good works, stressing that he has done well to deserve the endorsement.
According to him: “We have been consulting and have finally taken a decision. Because of the love for Kaduna State, because we can’t win, what we intend to do is what he is already doing, so we decided to join forces with him.
“We are not looking at ourselves, we are looking at Kaduna and its people.”
He said that even though they have their own programmes and manifestos, they are supporting him to deliver Kaduna.
The governoship candidates include: Auwal Aliyu UDP; Matoh Yakubu AGA; Umar Uba NIP; Fatima Uba RP; Kabiru Idris MPN; Ahmed Zagi GPN; Mansur Suleiman AA; Alhaji Yahaya Marafa UPN; Abdulfatai Yusuf WTPN and Umar Suleiman Abubakar DA, Jubril Muhammed ID
Others are Mustapha Bakano APA; Haliru Tafida MRDD; Abubakar Aliyu CAP; Abubakar Abdullahi ZLP; Aminu Sabo ANNP; Hajiya Rabiatu Suleiman Shula NAC; Kabiru Jibril PPA; Adamu Idris Chado DPC; Suleiman Abdulrasheed MMN; Sani Abdulkadir; Mohammed Jamilu Accord Party and Yahaya Solomon NPC among others.