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El-Rufai drops his deputy; picks a woman as his 2019 running mate

The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, on Friday picked Dr. Hadiza Balarabe, the Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, as his running mate for the 2019 governorship election in the state.

Dr. Hadiza from Sanga Local Government Area in Southern Kaduna was born in 1966. She is a 1988 graduate of Medicine from the University of Maiduguri, Borno State.

Before joining the Government of Kaduna State, Dr. Hadiza was the Director of Public Health in the Federal Capital Territory.

According to Mr. Samuel Aruwan, El-Rufai’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, the governor’s choice this time around was a deliberate step to promote women.

“There are five female commissioners in his 14-person cabinet, a feat not attained even by governors that had much larger cabinets,” he said.

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