There were 29 candidates that contested for governor of Kano State but the major battle had always been between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the APC and his main rival from the PDP, Alhaji Abba Kabiru Yusuf. Governor Ganduje got significant negative publicity and a dent to his image after allegations and wide circulation of video material depicting him receiving millions of dollars bribery in cash. His rival of the PDP, Abba Kabiru Yusuf was tainted by the way he was perceived as an imposition of former governor Kwankwaso. In fact, his candidature was earlier nullified by a Federal High Court in Kano for not emerging through proper primaries. The case remains a threat to him if he wins the supplementary elections.
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Kano Supplementary Elections – Battle Ground State for Governor