The former Governor of Adamawa State, His Excellency Boni Haruna, is in the news for good reasons. He has come out to run for a second time, to vie for Adamawa North Senatorial District seat, come 2023 elections under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Born on June 12th, 1957…His Excellency Boni Haruna is a good example of what Nigerian youths can achieve given positions of responsibility. His political journey began way back when he was a Political Science undergraduate at Ahmadu Belo University Zaria ABU and his doggedness in earning a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Jos. This hard-working youth went further to acquire a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ) Ogba in Lagos.
He was appointed General Manager of Sub- Saharan Press Nig.Ltd, Publishers of the defunct TheWeek Magazine in Lagos, a popular flagship and one of the finest Nigerian Magazines that shaped the socio-economic development of the country from the 1990s to the early 2000s era of developmental journalism.
Boni Haruna às an administrator was appointed as Registrar of Taraba College Of Education where he performed creditably until his path bigwigs and that of His Excellency, ATIKU ABUBAKAR who became Governorship candidate in 1999 crossed where he was running mate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and His Excellency ATIKU ABUBAKAR was elected Governor of Adamawa in 1999. Rising from the nomination of Atiku Abubakar as Vice President joint ticket with Olusegun Obasanjo in 1999, His Excellency Boni Haruna quickly took over the seat of executive Governor of Adamawa state and the Supreme Court of Nigeria upheld a sound judgement in Nigeria’s Landmark judgement that Governors and their Deputy are usually elected on a joint ticket.
Thus, in 2003 he was re-elected the executive Governor of Adamawa state until 2007 when his 8- years in office elapsed. One remarkable attribute of Boni Haruna is his outspoken nature as he opposed the third term agenda of the then President. And on the 9th of April,2011 when he first came out with the desire to serve his good people of Adamawa North Senatorial District on the platform of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) as against Bindo Jibrilla of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who later won With 75,112 votes against Boni Haruna’s 70,890 votes as Congress for Progressive Change. (CPC) candidate Mohammed Abba earned 22,866 votes.
In a coming Primary Senatorial District electioneering campaign for the Adamawa North Senatorial District seat, His Excellency Boni Haruna is seeking a second chance to get a ticket for the service of his good people of Adamawa North Senatorial District. This time around the battle is fierce but he is equal to the task of clinching the ticket at a time when his political godfather Atiku Abubakar, is also keenly interested in the Presidential primary election of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).