Two brothers, Kabir Babba-Kaita, and Ahmad Babba-Kaita, will fly the flags of Nigeria’s two major political parties, in today’s election, to fill the vacant seat of Katsina North Senatorial District.
While Ahmad is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Kabir is the flag bearer of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The election is being conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, following the death in April, of the former occupant of the seat, Mustapha Bukar.
Recall, that President Muhammadu Buhari hails from the District, also known as Daura Senatorial District.
It comprises of 12 Local Government Areas, namely Kankia, Ingawa, Bindawa, Dutsi, Kusada, Mani, Mashi, Baure, Zango, Sandamu, Maiadua, and Daura.
Buhari is from Daura Local Government Council.
The two brothers of the same father but different mothers, hail from Kankia, where they are traditional titles holders.
While Kabir is the Garkuwan Kankia, Ahmad is the Sardaunan Kankia.
Although, there are other candidates in the race, the election is basically between the two Babba-Kaita brothers.
The APC candidate appears to be more visible, not only because of his involvement in politics, but because of his weekly column, “Viewpoint with Ahmad Babba-Kaita”, which he maintains in the Leadership Newspaper.
In contrast, the PDP candidate is fresh in politics, but has the financial war chest.
Even so, the contest between the two brothers promises to be a fierce one. In the last few days, their parties have tried to outdo each other, to ensure their candidates emerge victorious in the end.
A few days ago, the PDP team, comprising of the former Governor of the State, Ibrahim Shema, and two former Governors of Kano and Jigawa States, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Sule Lamido, were on ground to campaign for Kabir.
Only two days ago, the Acting President, Yemi Osinbajo, the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, and the Governors of Katsina and Kano States, Aminu Masari and Abdullahi Ganduje, led the APC faithful in a last ditch effort to win the poll.
Also on hand, were the Minister of State for Aviation, Hadi Sirika, and Minister of Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.
For the APC, this election is a must win, not only because it has to retain the seat it had won in 2015, but also because Buhari hails from the District. A defeat of the party will only expose the President as a Politician without a home base.
And for the PDP, a victory in today’s election, will not only return the District, which it had maintained until 2015, to it, but will also show that it has truly rebranded, after it suffered defeat in some of the elections, that year.