The tension that enveloped the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Borno State over the choice of the Deputy Governorship candidate has given way to wild jubilations following the unveiling of Umar Usman Kadafur.
DAILY POST reports that Maiduguri the state capital, Biu, Hawul and adjourning areas erupted into jubilations, celebrating Kadafur’s choice.
There was all night cultural drumming and dancing in some places, while residents of Biu, the home Local Government of Umar Kadafur defied the curfew in the area, to celebrate the choice of their own as the running mate.
Kadafur, who faced the incumbent deputy governor, Usman Mamman Durkwa, polled eight out of the nine votes cast by the nine party chairmen from southern Borno.
This followed the zoning of the deputy governorship position to the area.
Kadafur proved bookmakers wrong by going ahead to win against the odds stacked against him by the incumbent deputy governor, who has been parading himself as the political leader of Southern Borno.
A source from the meeting which produced Kadafur told our correspondent that Durkwa’s lone vote came from the party chairman of his own Local Government of Hawul, while Kadafur won that of Biu, Damboa, Bayo, Chibok, Kwaya/Kusar, Shank, Gwoza and Askira /Uba.
Governor Kashim Shettima who had promised a level playing field in all contests has accepted the choice of Kadafur ahead of his own deputy, thereby fulfilling his earlier pledge.
Already, the names of Professor Babagana Umara Zullum and Umar Usman Kadafur have been submitted to INEC, as the candidates on the APC platform in Borno state.
Our correspondent who monitored events since Kadafur’s announcement on Wednesday evening reports that the political mood in southern Borno seems to has suddenly swung in favour of the APC, as a result of Kadafur’s choice.