Governor of Adamawa State, Ahmadu Fintiri, on Wednesday, unveiled his running mate, Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, for the 2023 general elections.
Professor Kaletapwa, is poised to make history, as the first female deputy governor in the North Eastern region with the possible re-election of Governor Fintiri, who is seeking a renewal of his mandate for another term as governor.
Governor Fintiri, at her unveiling described Kaletapwa, an ex-Vice Chancellor of Adamawa State University, Mubi, as an expedient choice.
He said his replacement of his deputy, Chief Crowther Seth, who has been with him through thick and thin, throughout the life of his administration was made because it sits well with the global call for gender sensitivity and affirmative action.
Fintiri, who was full of praise for his deputy said, political expedience had left him with no choice that “such a fine lieutenant will not be on our ticket for the 2023 election.”
He said, “In politics, there comes a time when beautiful interests are sacrificed for expedience. With this, it has already been made clear that such a fine lieutenant will not be on our ticket for the 2023 election.
“Contrary to what the warped media is spreading, I am not ‘dropping’ him. We were elected on the same ticket with a mandate of four-year term and by the grace of God, we shall complete that term as mandated by the electorates.
“The true position, is the fact that, as we get set to seek for a renewal of mandate, we have found it expedient, with his consent and understanding to bring on board a fresh hand to join the ticket.
“Professor Kaletapwa Farauta, the Vice Chancellor of Adamawa State University, Mubi has been nominated as that fresh hand.”
On her part, Professor Kaletapwa, said the import of her nomination will scale up women representation and access by more women into governance.
She said, “I want to assure you that the doors of our government will now be wide open to women. The women represent a sizable voting block and no government can get to power without the support of women and that is why we are here.”