The speculations and permutations as to who will occupy the Sir Kashim Government house, Kaduna State in 2015 is gathering momentum, this is evident going by recent political activities, with various groups drumming up support for their preferred candidates ahead of the elections. ISAIAH BENJAMIN x-rays the possible factors that may make or mar the chances of the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, who, according to well-informed sources, is nursing the ambition to wrest power from the incumbent Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero of the PDP, in 2015.
The Abuja Factor
His activities as the Minister of the FCT is viewed differently by Kaduna residents, to some, the demolition exercise, when he was FCT minister, turned so many homeless, others lost their dear ones whose house was demolished and could not stand the shock. These among other reasons may stand against him in Kaduna elections; but to some, the demolition exercise restored the master plan of the Federal capital and has turned Abuja into an enviable capital. It was also said that prior to his becoming the FCT minister, the Ministry of then FCT was rotten but when he came on board, he cleansed it. The Wuse market was rebuilt by his administration and tenants were subsequently made shop owners thereafter, are among several others reasons that might work in his favour all things being equal. But to some others, should he become the next Executive Governor of the state, present landlords might become tenants while so many others might lose their business places, but others feel when he comes on board, the state will be better for it.
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