BREAKING: PDP replaces Abba Yusuf with Takai as Kwankwaso threatens to dump party

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Salihu Sagir Takai
Salihu Sagir Takai

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday adopted Salihu Takai as Kano governorship candidate, following protests over congress that saw the emergence of Abba Yusuf, an in-law to former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as candidate.

The decision followed Mr Takai’s adoption by 38 local party executives and state party leaders in a mini congress in Abuja.

On Wednesday, Mr Kwankwaso threatened to dump PDP if any of his anointed candidates was removed by the party.

Party spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan could not be reached for comment at the time of filing in this report.

But a Kwankwasiyya stalwart, Mohammed Diggol, faulted the process, saying that date of conducting primaries has elapsed and that any congress held outside Kano is illegal.

Mr Yusuf emerged candidate on October 2 in a disputed primaries held at his father in-law, Rabiu Kwankwaso’s Lugard Avenue residence, with only one aspirant outside Kwankwasiyya faction participating.

Police had cordoned off Marhaba Cinema, the proposed venue of the primaries, citing court orders.