Through political horse-trading and influence peddling Moshood Abiola, a southern Muslim multi-millionaire businessman, emerged as the presidential candidate on the SDP platform; the NRC flagbearer was Bashir Tofa
, a northern Muslim businessman, and by all accounts the bookmakers favourite.
Kano had about 10 million people according to the 2006 census figures, and 44 local government areas which comprise of the following: Fagge, Dala, Gwale, Kano Municipal, Tarauni, Nassarawa, Kumbotso, Ungogo, Dawakin Tofa
, Rimin Gado, Bagwai, Gezawa, Gabasawa, Minjibir, Dambatta, Makoda, Kunchi, Bichi, Tsanyawa, Shanono, Gwarzo, Karaye, Rogo, Kabo, Bunkure, Kibiya, Rano, Tudun Wada, Doguwa, Madobi, Kura, Garun Mallam, Bebeji, Kiru, Sumaila, Garko, Takai, Albasu, Gaya, Ajingi, Wudil, Warawa, and Dawakin Kudu.
, 40, and Kodor Mia, 32, and Mohammed Masood, 47, died and seven others were injured when a fire broke out at around 4am on November 7 following a suspected gas leak.