Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai has announced the selection of a Muslim woman, Hadiza Balarabe, as his running mate for the 2019 general election.

A statement by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan, said the choice of Ms Balarabe as running mate continues Mr El-Rufai’s deliberate policy of promoting women.

“There are five female commissioners in his 14-person cabinet, a feat not attained even by governors that had much larger cabinets. This is the first time in the history of Kaduna State that a major political party will select a woman as running mate.

“The incumbent Deputy Governor, Arc. Barnabas Yusuf Bala, has opted to go to the National Assembly and has since emerged as the APC’s candidate for the southern Kaduna senatorial district.

“Dr. Hadiza Balarabe is the current Executive Secretary of the Kaduna State Primary Health Care Development Agency, a position she has held since February 2016