By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO â€” Kano State Governor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has expressed his desire to challenge President Umar Musa Yarâ€™Adua for the presidency if given the mandate by the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) in 2011.
Shekarau, who spoke in Kano during a roundtable discussion with the state-owned newspaper (Triumph) however, hinged his final acceptance on the collective decision of â€œmy party through appropriate structure and endorsed by the party congressâ€.
â€œI am loyal to my party and will always be willing to do any assignment given by my party and would definitely not let my partyâ€™s offer down in the event such offer comes through the appropriate structure and endorsed by the convention,â€ Shekarau stressed.
His latest position has further reinforced agitation by his admirers and political associates to draft him into open confrontation with his political soul mate in 2011 presidential battle.
Shekarau, who had strategically remained in the ANPP at a time others were defecting to the ruling party (PDP), urged his well wishers to pray for Allahâ€™s guidance to him and guide his party to make the best decision as to whom among its members should be its presidential candidate.
He, however, made it clear that he is prepared to support whoever the party chooses to ensure his victory in 2011.
The Kano Governor, who has three non-indigenes serving as full cabinet membersÂ has of recent been given chieftaincy titles from paramount rulers of several ethnic nationalities across the country.
Shekarau explained during the roundtable programme that â€œevery political move for me to take, as regards 2011 election, rests on my party because it is the platform through which somebody will seek for an elective positionâ€.