KATSINA: Where is Dr Mustapha Inuwa?


By Mohammad Lawal Maikudi

Thefurore generates the defeat Dr Mustapha Inuwa during the All Progressives Party (APC) gubernatorial primary election in Katsina State seems to have fizzled out, but the aspirant, who was visibly uncomfortable with that reality has not made categorical move.

There were reports of him grumbling over the verdict of the delegates as to their  choice of flagbearer for 2023 governorship elections in Katsina State, alledging that Governor Amina Bello has breached his trust.
At the moment there has not been anything concrete to suggest the decision the former Katsina State Government House power broker has taken evenlthough some sources suggest that the party is tactically dealing with the situation through political diplomacy.
There are also those holding the opinion that he is observing and studying the situation to strike a balance between staying to fight from within or move out and face his antagonists.
To remain and join hands with mainstream APC is not easy, the bitter pills of loosing an election are very difficult to swallow but that seems the better option for him, at least for now.
At the moment, as the build up towards the 2023 elections is gathering momentum and with some historical factors the political prospect of Dr Mustapha Inuwa may not flourish out of APC, at least in Katsina State.
Let us remember that those calling the shots in the PDP, especially the former Governor Barr. Shehu Shema had running battles with Dr Mustapha Inuwa while Shema was Governor and even when he left office. Evenlthough the PDP is weak in Katsina State, it seems to be under the control of Barr. Shema and his boys. The group is seen as pro Atiku while the other group that routed for Governor Wike won the governorship primary election in the state. Thus Sen. Yakubu Lado defeated Alhaji Yusuf Majigiri.
It looks a little bit difficult for Dr Mustapha Inuwa to fit into the Shema group in the PDP while the Wike group is gradually crumbling.
It should be recalled that in the build up towards the 2015 general elections and especially before and during the presidential primaries of the APC, Dr Mustapha was reported to supported the candidature of Sen. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
Now Sen Kwankwaso is the presidential candidate of New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP. Looking at the strength of the party, it will be miraculous for it to win Kano, the home base of it’s presidential candidate let alone Katsina State where the APC has strongest holding in Nigeria.


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