Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai on Tuesday said he settled for Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, a fellow Muslim, as his running mate in the 2019 governorship election in the state because she is the right person for the job.
The governor explained that neither religion nor ethnicity was a factor that he considered in the choice of Dr Hadiza Balarabe as his running mate, saying those reading religious meaning to it were enemies of Kaduna state.
The governor, who received in audience the people of Sanga Local Government Area at the Sir Kashim Ibrahim Government House, Kaduna, who came to thank him for picking their daughter as his running mate, said he based his choice on competence and performance.
El-Rufai, while responding to critics, said before he picked Balarabe, he consulted President Muhammadu Buhari.
He said those who criticised his choice of a female Muslim as a running mate should bear in mind that government house is neither a mosque or a Church but an office whose occupants swear by the holy books to be fair to all without regards to religion or tribe. He said President Muhammad Buhari was informed about his choice of a deputy governor and even encouraged him to choose a woman.