By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO â€” Kano State Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Mallam Sagir Salihu Takai, yesterday resigned his cabinet position and formally joined the race for Kano Government House in 2011. He is believed to be Governor Ibrahim Shekarauâ€™s anointed son.
Briefing journalists in Kano, Takai said he took the decision to honour calls from public spirited individuals to join the race as Shekarauâ€™s successor.
â€œThe resignation becomes expedient in order for me to heed the incessant calls on me from various segments of the society to contest the gubernatorial seat of our dear state in 2011election on the platform of ANPP,â€ Takai explained.
Takai said he had served the state as Commissioner for Water Resources and for Local Government over the lastÂ seven years and denied the insinuation that the governor was scheming to impose him on the party, pointing out that â€œpeople should recognise and appreciate the fact that the governor has the right of choice in a democracy.
â€œThere is no imposition in democracy, but people fail to recognise and appreciate that the governor has the right to express his opinion. He has not imposed anyone neither has he directed anybody to work for a particular candidate.”
Takaiâ€™s candidacy has generated a lot of controversy and it is threatening the chances of ANPP in Kano ahead 2011 general elections with Deputy Governor, Tijjani Muhammad Abdullahi Gwarzo, and Senator Ibrahim Gaya in concert with other powerful individuals struggling to scuttle his candidacy.
The gubernatorial aspirant who expressed optimism on his chances at the poll said the party leadership would exploit the internal mechanism of the party to reconcile the aspirants before the poll.
“We know ourselves, we are one and same house. We have every chance to sort ourselves out against the backdrop that we have a common enemy in PDP,” Takai said.
He appealed to Kano people to support his candidacy, pledging that he will continue to support and consolidate the good job Governor Shekarau has done.