Suleiman Chiroma @Katsina City News

The Leader saddled with the responsibility of conducting the APC Congress in Katsina State is, by name, Alhaji Muntari Lawal, holder of the traditional title of Madugun Katsina.

He is currently the Chief of Staff, Government House, Katsina.

He was born on 2nd February, 1951, from a family that is renowned for Islamic scholarship and business.

He studied in Barewa College, Zaria, from where he proceeded to the Katsina College of Arts, Sciences and Technology, KCAST, Zaria, for his pre-degree studies.

He then proceeded to France where he obtained his first and second degrees in Political Science and International Relations.

Alhaji Muntari Lawal then returned to Nigeria in 1978 where he underwent his national youth service program (NYSC) at the department of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano.

After his NYSC he joined the Old Kaduna State civil service as the Assistant Secretary at the office of the State Governor.

He joined partisan politics in 1979 with the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP. After the party won the 1979 elections he was appointed Special Adviser Political to the then Governor, Alhaji AbdulKadir Balarabe Musa.

He held several positions both in and out of government between that period until the return of democracy in 1999 when he joined the civilian administration of the then Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Umaru Musa Yaradua, as a Special Adviser in his first term, and at the end of the second term, he pitched his tent with Alhaji Aminu Bello Masari when Masari contested the gubernatorial seat from 2006.

Alhaji Muntari Lawal never changed alliances. He stood by Aminu Masari throughout the eight-year tenure of Governor Ibrahim Shema. He never attempted to join that government and he don’t solicited for favours from Shema or his associates.

His name came up again in 2015 during the tussle to change the PDP government and usher in the Aminu Bello Masari-led government. After Masari’s victory in 2015 he appointed Alhaji Muntari Lawal as Permanent Secretary, Government House, up till 2019 when he was a leading figure in the Masari campaign train, and after victory at the polls he was appointed Chief of Staff to the Governor, a position he holds to date.

Ahaji Muntari Lawal served as Katsina State Ameerul Hajj in 2019 when he made the state proud. He also initiated several changes and reforms under Governor Masari’s stewardship, changes that have repositioned the State Pilgrims Welfare Board.

Alhaji Muntari Lawal’s public service records include lecturing in tertiary institutions as well as a civil service career that includes the Local Government civil service.

He is fluent English, French, Hausa and good in Arabic languages.

Alhaji Muntari Lawal is a highly principled and honest man.

He was a Special Adviser in Umaru Musa Yaradua’s cabinet, yet he resigned to support the candidature of Aminu Bello Masari in 2006.

His choice as the official to conduct APC Congress in Katsina State has made all candidates to heave a sigh of relief, his choice has restored their confidence in the party and the process.

Candidates at all levels know that the Congress committee members and party stalwarts cannot influence him to favour or cheat any candidate.

Also, no candidate either in Abuja or in Katsina can arm-twist Muntari Lawal to do their bidding.

The APC congresses are scheduled to start at ward level on 24th July, 2021.

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