Adamawa on course to elect Nigeria’s first female governor -Senator Girei

Senator Abubakar Girei

Politicians in Adamawa State will prove their sagacity in 2023 by electing the first female governor in Nigeria, a prominent politician in the state, Senator Abubakar Girei, has said.

Girei, who represented Adamawa Central Senatorial District between 1999 and 2003 under Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but left for All Progressives Congress (APC) after its formation in 2013, asserted to newsmen at the weekend that the APC governorship candidate for 2023, Senator Aishatu Ahmed, popularly called Binani, is headed for victory.

Girei who during a press interview in his Yola residence spoke against reservation in some quarters about Binani being a woman, said Adamawa politicians are too sagacious to choose leaders based on gender or such trivial consideration.

“We in Adamawa, I am proud to say, are among the most politically sagacious,” he said, adding that Binani, in his view, won an election to become House of Representatives member (in 2011) and then another election as senator (in 2019).

Recalling also that the state has produced two other female senators in the current dispensation, namely Binta Massi (Adamawa North, 2015-2019) and Grace Bent (Adamawa Sout, 2003-2007), Abubakar Girei insisted that people being elected on basis of gender does not arise in Adamawa State.

“We assess people on merit regardless of gender, regardless of religion or ethnicity. What a candidate can do for the people is always the concern of an average Adamawa elite,” he said, concluding: “I want to assure you that as Binani won House of Representatives and then won Senate elections, that’s how she will win the 2023 general election and become the first woman governor in Nigeria.”

Girei said he is all the more certain that incumbent Governor Ahmadu Fintiri will fall to Binani because Binani has affected lives as a House of Representatives member and then as Senator more than Fintiri has done as governor.



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