As senator Abu Kyari gets elected for APC's deputy national chairman North by Abdulkareem Haruna

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BY ABDULKAREEM HARUNA, MARCH 28, 2022, 11:08 AM


History was made on the night of March 26, 2022, when Distinguished Senator Abubakar Kyari Was elected the Deputy National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) at the just-concluded National Convention of the Party.

Senator Kyari will be the first Federal Legislator in Borno State to vacate his office midway to pick up a top party office job.

With his emergence as the consensus candidate at 11.45 pm on Saturday, Kyari had technically ended his impressive tenure as Senator representing Borno North as he assumed the onerous task of leading the APC in the 19 northern states of Nigeria.

Now to serve as deputy to Senator Abdullahi Adamu, 75 years old who emerges as National Chairman, and incidentally, his colleague at the 8th Assembly, Kyari, who is 58 years old, will technically be the workhorse of the party's leadership in the north.

While announcing his intention, at the Eagle Square, to step down from the race for the Deputy National Chairmanship of APC, former Governor of Bauchi State, Isa Yuguda, described Senator Kyari as his "younger brother who is intelligent and capable of doing the job".

Beyond being intelligent, and hardworking those who know Kyari are saying that the APC should brace up for a deputy that believes in discipline and zero tolerance for trivialities. Kyari does not mix work with frivolities. He is a technocrat par excellence and astute politician.

He is a quiet goal-oriented leader and politician who does not believe in hyped publicity for his achievements. His empowerment projects for his constituents during his nearly seven years at the Senate were deliberate, well thought out, capacity-enhancing, sustainable and impactful. He reaches out to the mass of his constituents and supporters quietly and does not encourage beggarly behaviours of touts or urchins.

FILLING THE VACANCY CREATED

The exit of Kyari from the National Assembly has created an emergency vacancy that must be filled as soon as possible.

It is understood that, already, the APC leadership in Borno state are beginning to permutate on who would be replacing Kyari at the senate.

The Governor of Borno state, Babagana Zulum, was said to have insisted that Kyari's replacement must be a politician that shares his top-notch qualities and capabilities. Already, names like Rep Mohammed Tahir Monguno, the current Chief Whip at the House of Reps are being mentioned as likely replacements.

While the parties (APC, PDP and the rest) are left to communicate the National Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) about the vacancy at the Senate concerning Borno North Senatorial District; and sorting out who their next candidates would be in the inevitable bye-election, it is appropriate at this junction to tell the over 40 million APC members whom their Deputy National Leader in the North is.

Abubakar Kyari was born on January 15, 1960, to his father, Late Brigadier General Abba Kyari, a former military administrator of the North Central States from 1967 to 1975.

Abubakar had attended Kaduna Capital School in 1974. He then proceeded to Barewa College Zaria where he obtained his WASSCE In 1979. He attended the University of Tennessee Martin in the USA where he obtained a bachelor's degree in 1986. Thereafter in 1989, he attended Webster University St.Louis Missouri USA for his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

Abu Kyari, as he is fondly called, was a member of the House of Representatives in 1998 under the defunct UNCP and re-elected again from 1999 to 2003. From 2003 to 2005, he was made an Honorable Commissioner in Borno State. Under his stint as Commissioner for Water Resources Kyari was able to revive the terrible state of water supply and saw to the drilling of 160 states of the earth boreholes in rural areas.

From 2007 to 2011 he continued as an Honorable Commissioner. During these trying times of the state, Kyari was appointed to head a committee tasked to drill 100 boreholes in 100 days, and under his tenacious leadership, the committee achieved 93 boreholes in 100 days.

He sought to vie for the Governorship in 2011 but later stepped down for Kashim Shettima, now a fellow senator, and became his Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2015. During his time as Chief of Staff, Kyari brought about a better understanding of the role of an ideal Chief of Staff.

In 2015, Kyari contested the Borno North Senatorial seat and won with a landslide victory. As a Senator, he chaired the Senate Committees on INEC and the Army till 2019.

Kyari had resoundingly won another election as Senator in 2019 and had served meritoriously in several committees on Saturday, March 26, 2022, when he was elected as the Deputy National Chairman North of the APC.


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