- Malam Salihu Sagir Takai has emerged governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) for the 2019 elections
- Takai is a two-time gubernatorial candidate in Kano state for previous elections
- Sammani Shariff, who was the initial candidate, said he sacrificedhis position as gubernatorial candidate to enable Takai run for the seat
A two-time gubernatorial candidate in Kano, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, has emerged governorship candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) for the 2019 elections in the state.
Takai is a former loyalist of former Kano state governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, and until recently, was a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, November 7, the party’s state chairman, Alhaji Sammani Shariff, who was the initial candidate, said based on the outcome of the meeting of the party’s executives and other stakeholders held on Tuesday, November 6, Takai was now the flag-bearer of the party.
“I sacrificed my mandate to enable Takai run for the seat. He has all the requirements needed, and looking at the situation we find ourselves in Kano, we need someone that can salvage us from the bondage of poverty and political dilemma.
“I sacrificed my position as gubernatorial candidate as part of my contribution towards salvaging Kano from the present political mess. We wooed politicians into the PRP to save Kano and our intention is to form a unity government that will ensure rapid development of Kano state and its people," he said.
Shariff also called on other contenders to accept the new development in good faith, insisting that “the slot for governor is one and therefore only one person can occupy the seat. They should all accept Takai as the party’s candidate and support his candidature.”
He assured the people of Kano that if allowed to form government, PRP would come up with programmes and policies that would improve the lot of the common man.
Meanwhile, the minority leader and member of Kano state House of Assembly representing Kura/Garun Malam constituency, Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad-Chiromawa, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the PRP.
The member announced his defection while briefing newsmen on Monday, November 5, in Kano.
Muhammad-Ciromawa also said he has resigned his position as the minority leader of the assembly, saying the decision to defect from PDP to PRP was to join Takai.
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