The deputy governor of Kaduna state, Mr. Barnabas Bala Bantex, has declared his intention to contest for the Southern Kaduna senatorial seat in 2019.
Senator Danjumah Leah of the Peoples Democratic Party is the incumbent senator representing the zone.
The deputy givernor’s declaration confirms speculations that Governor Nasir El-Rufai will not run with him in the 2019 governorship election.
In a statement on Thursday in Kaduna, Bantex said he wants to offer better representation to the southern Kaduna senatorial zone.
He said since 1999, the southern senatorial zone has had the “poorest senatorial representation”.
According to him, the performance of governor Nasir El-Rufai has given him the confidence to run for the senatorial election.
“With utmost confidence in the fair mindedness, the results accomplished, and the work being done by the APC government of Kaduna State, under the inspiring leadership of Malam Nasir El-Rufai, I have decided to offer myself as the APC candidate for the Kaduna South Senatorial District in the forthcoming 2019 election” he said .