Kaduna state governor-elect, Malam Nasir El-Rufai of All Progressives Congress, APC has inaugurated a transition committee ahead of the 29 May, 2015 handing over in the state and to be chaired by Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, a seasoned public servant and el-Rufai’s Chief of Staff when he was Minister of Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007.
A statement by El-Rufai’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan and made available to newsmen in Kaduna said the transition committee consist of experienced technocrats, politicians and other professionals.
According to the statement, “the transition committee is chaired by Malam Balarabe Abbas Lawal, a seasoned public servant and El-Rufai’s Chief of Staff when he was Minister of Federal Capital Territory from 2003 to 2007.
“The governor-elect had officially replied Governor Mukhtar Ramalan Yero’s congratulatory letter and further met the governor in the spirit of moving Kaduna state forward.
“El-Rufai was quoted in his reply to Governor Yero saying “Permit me to most warmly acknowledge your congratulatory message on the occasion of our victory in the gubernatorial election. I appreciate the grace of your letter and the kind words it contains. I must also put on record that we welcome the spirit behind your phone call that preceded the letter.
“Given the short window that exists between now and the handover, it is our intention to swiftly focus on matters of transition. The APC has established its own transition committee, chaired by our own Balarabe Abbas Lawal.
“Governor Yero in his letter to the governor-elect described El-Rufai’s victory as overwhelming and symbolizing collective resolve of the citizenry.
“Your victory symbolizes the collective resolve of the vast majority of our people for a United, peaceful and prosperous state. I therefore, have no doubt in my mind on your determination, resolve and capacity to transform Kaduna State into the state of the dreams of our founding fathers.
“While we continue to felicitate with you on the landmark victory, I pray the Almighty Allah to grant you good health, wisdom and courage to serve our people in the right direction,” the statement said.


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