Yusuf kicks as Takai emerges ‘Kano PDP’ gov’ship can­di­date

Daily Trust - - POLITICS - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

A two-time gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date, Malam Sal­ihu Sa­gir Takai, yes­ter­day, emerged as Kano State gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date of the Sen­a­tor Mas’ud El-Jib­ril Doguwa-led fac­tion of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Daily Trust can re­port.

But Engr. Abba Yusuf, the son-in law to ex-gov­er­nor Rabiu Kwankwaso, who ear­lier emerged as the gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date of the party has dis­missed the lat­est de­vel­op­ment, say­ing it was not pos­si­ble for Takai to fly the ticket of the party with­out the con­sent of del­e­gates and other statu­tory stake­hold­ers.

Daily Trust re­ports that Takai emerged a day after a re­port which quoted Kwankwaso threat­en­ing that he would dump the PDP if the party’s top ech­e­lon tam­pered with the list of can­di­dates re­turned from the par­al­lel pri­maries he held for the var­i­ous of­fices, in­clud­ing the gov­er­nor­ship, na­tional and state assem­bly.

Takai was said to have been elected as can­di­date of the Doguwa-led PDP dur­ing a stake­hold­ers meet­ing held at Le­gacy House, Abuja, which was a fol­low-up to the one or­ga­nized on Wed­nes­day.

Yes­ter­day’s meet­ing was at­tended by many stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing Am­bas­sador Aminu Bashir Wali, Sen­a­tor Bello Hay­atu Gwarzo, ex-speaker Imam Sal­isu Buhari and Al­haji Ak­ilu Sani Ind­abawa, among oth­ers.

Con­firm­ing the de­vel­op­ment to Daily Trust, El-Jib­ril Doguwa said all other as­pi­rants had now agreed to work with Takai as the party’s gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­date for the 2019 elec­tion.

Doguwa said he per­son­ally chaired the meet­ing. “We have fi­nally reached an agree­ment that Takai is now our can­di­date for gov­er­nor­ship in Kano State,” he said.

“The party na­tional lead­er­ship will now choose be­tween Takai and Yusuf but for us we have cho­sen Takai.

“Ev­ery­thing is now with the lead­er­ship of the party at the head­quar­ters to either pick Takai who is the choice of ma­jor­ity of mem­bers of the party in Kano or Yusuf who is the Kwankwasiyya anointed can­di­date.

“Kwankwaso had done his own part and we have done ours and the ball is now in the court of PDP na­tional lead­er­ship to de­cide,” he said.

When con­tacted, one of the as­pi­rants, Al­haji Ibrahim Al-Amin Lit­tle, said he was privy to the meet­ing. “Yes, we had a stake­hold­ers’ meet­ing in Abuja in or­der to se­lect one can­di­date among us and at the end of the meet­ing, Takai hap­pened to be the one.

“What ac­tu­ally hap­pened was that after we, the as­pi­rants failed to se­lect one of us as con­sen­sus can­di­date, we later adopted a sys­tem by which we al­lowed lo­cal gov­ern­ment chair­men of the PDP to con­duct elec­tion among them­selves in or­der to pick one of us as can­di­date.

“Thirty-eight chair­men par­tic­i­pated in the elec­tion and at the end Takai got 20 votes; Sadiq Aminu Wali, 16 and I got 2 votes, while the rest of the as­pi­rants did not get a sin­gle vote. This was how Takai emerged can­di­date from our own side,” he said.

But Abba Yusuf, speak­ing through Com­rade Aminu Ab­dul­salam, de­scribed the emer­gence of Takai as null and void. “They held the so-called meet­ing with­out any rec­og­nized state, zonal or na­tional of­fi­cial in at­ten­dance so it will not stand,” he said.

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