Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship aspirant and longtime political ally of former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has declared that he would continue to remain in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Takai’s declaration is coming few days after Ibrahim Shekarau’s defection from PDP to the All Progressives Congress, APC having dumped the PDP at the weekend.
Takai who was the governorship candidate of the PDP during the 2015 general elections was also commissioner of Water Resources and later of Local government during the eight-years tenure of Shekarau when he served as governor of Kano state from 2003 to 2011.
Shekarau’s defection to the APC was said to have been precipitated by the return of his longtime political rival, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to the PDP.
According to him, he was forced out of the PDP by alleged perceived injustice from the national leadership of the party,
But Malam Takai, in a statement in Kano, disclosed that he had resolved to remain in the PDP regardless of the decision of his long time political associate.
He said: “after extensive consultations with my supporters, admirers, well wishers, party faithful at different levels, including aspirants to various elective offices it was clear that the majority wanted us to remain in the PDP, and as a democrat I have no option than to heed to the opinion of the majority by remaining in the PDP.”
Malam Takai revealed that it took him more than four days consulting with his supporters on the state of affairs in the PDP in Kano since the dissolution of the state executives by the national working committee of the party and the subsequent defection of some members led by Shekarau.
“For the past four days, we have undertaken extensive consultations with various segments of the good people of Kano on whether to remain in the PDP or defect to APC. We consulted our state, local government, ward committees and coordinators throughout the state; PDP spirants for National and State House of Assemblies, various support groups, community based organisations such as religious groups, the business community, community leaders, elders, youth, women and others.’
“I hereby report that the outcome of these consultations showed that majority wanted us to remain in the PDP. In view of this opinion of the overwhelming majority, I hereby announce to the people of Kano State that I alongside my teaming supporters hereby remain in the PDP. At the same time continue with my aspiration of becoming the next governor of Kano State under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP come 2019”. Takai declared.
The governorship aspirant while thanking his supporters for remaining steadfast in their support for him also pledge allegiance to the state leadership of the party.
Malam Takai has since led his campaign team and supporters on a solidarity visit to the State caretaker committee led by Engineer Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi a loyalist of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
During the visit, while pledging his loyalty to the party leadership, the governorship hopeful urged them to be just and fair to members of the party and ensure strict adherence to the party’s constitution in the discharge of their assignment.
Responding, Bichi assured the aspirant of the commitment of his team to ensuring justice and equity among party members.