The Kano State Governorship Candidate of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Abba Kabir Yusuf, has boycotted the gubernatorial candidate debate on health matters, organised by Kano branch of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) in the state on Thursday.
It was observed that Yusuf, popularly called Abba Gida Gida did not also send a representative, at least his running mate, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam to represent him at the debate, held at Bristol Palace in Kano.
However, speaking at the beginning of the programme, a former Commissioner of Health and member of Kwankwasiyya movement, Dr Abubakar Labaran gave an excuse on behalf of Yusuf, saying that he was unavoidably absent, alongside his running mate, Abdulsalam.
According to him, the governorship candidate received the invitation letter for the debate late while he was already out of time.
Labaran also told the organisers of the debate that he wanted to represent the NNPP governorship candidate but the NMA did not oblige, insisting that a candidate or his running mate must participate in the program.
Also, Sadiq Aminu Wali, candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Bala Muhammad Gwagwarwa, governorship candidate of Social Democratic Party (SDP) were conspicuously absent at the debate.
Another candidate that was absent was Sha’aban Sharada, candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) did not attend the debate, but was represented by his running mate, Rabi’u Bako.
However, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna, Kano state Deputy Governor and governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) attended the debate.
Others that graced the occasion include Sheikh Ibrahim Khalil, governorship candidate African Democratic Congress (ADC), Bashir Ishaq Bashir, candidate of Labour Party (LP), representative of ADP candidate, Bako and Salihu Tanko Yakasai, gubernatorial candidate of People’s Redemption Party (PRP).
During the debate, all the five candidates present pledged to fix the challenges of health sector in the state.
Giving different approaches and agenda in reforming the health sectors if elected as governors in 2023, the candidates also highlighted some programmes to be put in place to improve healthcare system in the state.
Recall that the presidential candidate of the NNPP, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, also boycotted the presidential debate organised by coalition of Arewa groups in Kaduna, on the premise that the organizers had already endorsed a certain candidate from Northern region.