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2011: I have not anointed anyone – Shekarau

By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO — Governor Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State declared yesterday that he has not anointed anyone from the pool of prospective contestants within his All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) as successor.

Gov. Shekarau who spoke following speculations that he has anointed his long time friend, Malam Ibrahim Khalil, whose book launch last weekend in Kano attracted personalities in the society explained that the party hierarchy had not arrived at a choice.

“My party and I have not decided who our candidate should be. We have never discussed it at any forum and wish to make it categorically clear that I have not given endorsement to any candidate,” Shekarau said.

He described the purported rumour of anointed candidate as a subject of speculations, linking his much publicized presidential ambition to the antic of well-wishers who want their loved ones elevated in to high political office.

No fewer than 15 people are being rumoured to be having an eye in Shekarau’s position in 2011 with each candidate having a strong link with the Governor over the past decades.

The Kano State governor, however, assured that he would not impose candidate on the party.

“I am a high level stakeholders, I will not impose candidate. That does not mean that I don’t have interest. We will discuss with other stakeholders, and will grow like pyramid, and a consensus candidate acceptable to our members will emerge,” he said.


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