Daily Trust (Abuja)
Nigeria: Yar’Adua’s Brother, Abdul’aziz, Quits Military for Politics
7 October 2010
Katsina — Lt.Colonel Abdul’Aziz Musa Yar’adua, younger brother to late President Umaru Yar’adua has resigned from the Nigerian military and may join the race for Katsina Government House. Daily Trust learnt from sources close to the Yar’adua family that Abdul’Aziz, also known as Audu Soja, may be seeking to actualise his governorship ambition on the platform of the newly formed Congress for Progressive Change (CPC). The source said the late President’s younger brother tendered his resignation last week and it has since been accepted by the Nigerian military authorities, and that he had already handed over his official duties last Monday.
The source further confirmed that Yar’adua would be going into partisan politics but said he was yet to declare for any political party until his resignation notice expires at the end of October. Before his resignation, Yar’adua was a Lieutenant Colonel in charge of records at the army secretary’s office at the military headquarters, Abuja. He was closest to late President Umaru Musa Yar’adua amongst the family members. Since the demise of the former president, rumours have been flying round Katsina that Audu Soja was joining politics and had since started mobilizing towards his ambition to contest the governorship race.
Daily trust gathered that Abul’Aziz is seen as the most appropriate and emerging leader of the late Yar’adua’s family due to his acceptability in the family circle as well as his antecedents as a very religious, firm but easy going person. Further checks revealed, however, that there may be a crack within the family if he decides to challenge the incumbent governor because some of the family members have public endorsed Shema for a second term.
Another hurdle the younger Yar’adua may face, sources say, is that the widow of the late President, Hajiya Turai Tar’adua may not support his candidature. Turai was said to have told her aides recently that she was not interested in supporting any politician or participating in any political activity.