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Niger 2023: Meet The Top 6 Likely Successors of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello

As political gladiators are beginning to converge and realign in preparation for the 2023 General Elections, Politicians in Niger State are not leaving anything to chance as the Race to Succeed Governor Abubakar Sani Bello have begun in earnest. Undoubtedly, the forthcoming Gubernatorial Poll 'll be a Two-Horse Race between the All Progressives Congress(APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP). Notable among these Governorship Aspirants are 

1. Alhaji Umar Nasko (PDP) 

The 46years-old Nasko is familiar to a lot of people in the State, apart from being a Notable Politician, He was among the Top Government Functionaries in the Administration of Former Governor Babangida Aliyu. He is the First Son of Major General Gado Nasko, a Former Military Governor of Sokoto State (1978 - 1979), who also served as Minister of FCT during the Military Regime of General Ibrahim Babangida. The Businessman cum Politician was the PDP Governorship Candidate in the 2015 and 2019 General Elections. He served as Commissioner for Tourism and Culture; Transport and Infrastructure; Youth Development; Environment and later became the Chief of Staff under the Ibrahim Babangida-led Administration between 2007 and 2014.

2. Hon. Lado Suleja (APC)

Suleja, a Second-term Member representing Suleja/Tafa/Gurara Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives under the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform. He was previously a Two-term Assembly Member of the Niger State House of Assembly representing Suleja State Constituency between 2007 and 2015. Hon. Suleja was the Pioneer National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) serving from 2014 to 2015. He was a Member of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) until 2011 when he joined the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party that merged with Three others to form the All Progressives Congress (APC).

3. Hon. Muhammad Sani Kutigi (PDP)

The 47years-old Former Chairman of Niger State Flickers Hockey is the Son of the Late Former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Idris Legbo Kutigi. The Ex-Lawmaker represented Lavun/Edati/Mokwa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives. 

4. Hon. Mohammed Umar Bago (APC)

The 47years-old Banker cum Politician is a Third-term Lawmaker representing Chanchaga Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). The Nupe-born Politician hails from Minna, the Capital City of Niger State. Hon. Bago contested to become the Speaker of the 9th House of Representatives in June 2019, but lost to Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

5. Hon. Isah Liman Kantigi (PDP)

The 2015 PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate served as Chairman of Edati Local Government Area between 2008 and 2014 serving consecutively as Niger State ALGON Chairman, he was subsequently appointed as Commissioner for Local Government, Chieftaincy Affairs and Community Development by the then Governor Babangida Aliyu. 

6. Dr. Mohammed Idris Mailagi (APC)

Mailagi is another Nupe-born Aspirant Jostling to Succeed Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Popularly known as MIM, He is a Former Lecturer and Businessman cum Politician. The Successful Industrialist has a vast Network of investments across Media, Real Estate, Agriculture and Airline. Mailagi is also the Chairman of a popular Print Media Outfit in the Country, the Blueprint Newspaper.

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