Nine people are currently jostling for the office of the Kaduna State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
They include: a former minister, Hassan Hyet, a former PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr Mark Jacob, three-time House of Reps member, Hon Ado Dogo, the current PDP Chairman, Hon Abubakar Gaiya Haruna and a former Jaba LGA PDP chairman, Hon. Joseph Sahjury.
Others in the race include: a former House of Rep member, Hon Joseph Gumbari, a former Deputy Speaker of Kaduna State House of Assembly, Hon Yohanna Jatau, a former Commissioner of information, Hon Ben Bako and the present PDP organizing Secretary in the state, David Gizagwai.
Pulse gathered that Hon. Hassan Hyat who is from Kachia LGA is said to be experienced and old enough to lead the party.
He has held various elected and appointed offices as Member KDHA, Chief of Staff, two time commissioner, SSG and Minister. Hyet was DG Yero/Bajoga campaign organization that lost in the 2015 elections.
Some members of the party who spoke to Pulse said Hyet has contacts and followership in all the 3 zones of the state.
According to some of his supporters, Hyet has been in the political scene for a long time. “He is a grassroots politician and a great mobilize. He has cordial relationship with most of the stakeholders,” supporters say.
Hon. Ado Dogo Audu, who hails from Jama'a, is also on the race for the PDP chairmanship in Kaduna State. Ado Hot, as he is fondly called, was a 3 times House of Representative Member.
He is also a former commissioner of water resources in Kaduna State. Many of his supporters said he is also experienced with contact across the state that will enable him lead the party.
Another contestant of the office of the PDP Chairmanship in Kaduna State is Hon. Joseph Sahjury from Jaba LGA. He is a former Local government Party Chairman and also, Zone 3 PDP Chairman in Kaduna State. He was DG campaign of now Sen Danjuma La'ah's Senatorial campaign before the primaries.
Sahjury, according to some PDP members, seems not to be charismatic. Some political pundits say Sahjury lacks the political clout and sagacity required to emerge Kaduna State PDP Chairman.
His aspiration is not very popular amongst party faithful but in Politics, anything can happen. Some PDP members say his candidacy for the PDP Chairmanship is backed by Sen. La'ah, the only PDP Senator in Kaduna State.
Another interested aspirant for the office of the PDP Chairman in Kaduna State is Hon. Abubakar Gaiya Haruna who is from Kachia LGA. Haruna is the current PDP chairman in the state.
His chances seem not to be too bright according to some PDP members. A lot of members are of the opinion that since he led the party to a defeat in 2015 elections, he should have humbly resigned rather than recontest.
Hon. Joseph Gumbari, a former member of KDSHA and House of Representatives member, is currently the PDP Chairman in Zone 3 otherwise known as Southern Kaduna. He contested Senate twice without success. He is highly respected with a lot of followership especially at the grassroots. Gumbari is said to be experienced with a lot of contacts
Hon. Yohanna Jatau from Jaba LGA is a former Deputy Speaker of KDSHA. He is said to have lack the political acceptability required to clinch the position of PDP Chairman in Kaduna State.
Another contestant for the office of the PDP chairmanship in Kaduna State is Hon. Ben Bako. Hon Ben hails from Zangon Kataf. He is the youngest among all the contestants. He was DG of Isaiah Balat senatorial campaign, a former Senior Special Assistant to Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal when he was speaker. Ben Bako was a former commissioner of Information in Kaduna State during Yero’s government.
Another contestant for the office of the PDP Chairman in Kaduna State is Barr Mark Jacob. Barr Jacob, who hails from Zangon Kataf, is one of the earlier youth that planted PDP in the Southern part of Kaduna State.
He was a former commissioner of Justice, former PDP Secretary Northwest zone, former National Legal Adviser of the PDP and a former Director Legal, FAAN. He aspired for the senatorial office in Kaduna South Senatorial District. Some of the party members said Mark Jacob just joined the race for the office of the PDP Chairman in Kaduna State and could pulled surprises if he played the game well.
Another contestant, David Gizagwai who is from Kaura LGA is the current Organizing Secretary of the PDP in the state. According to some PDP members, David chances are narrow. Not many of the PDP members know him. David is a new entrant into the race.