The People’s Redemption Party (PRP) Kano State chapter has refuted reports suggesting that it has endorsed a governorship candidate of another party for the rerun governorship poll scheduled for next Saturday in Kano State.
The party said nothing could be farther from the truth that it has abandoned its governorship candidate who came third in the governorship election in the state held on March 9, 2019 to endorse a candidate of another party.
In the keenly-contested election, which was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Abba Yusuf, came 1st ( first) against Governor Umar Ganduje of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who came 2nd (second),while the PRP candidate, Malam Salihu Sagir Takai, came 3rd (third)
PRP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Abdul Gombe, noted that it cast a spell in the eyes of even the ordinary man for anyone to insinuate that after proving to be an emergent third force in Kano, Kaduna and some other Northern states in the last two elections, it would sheepishly cave in by endorsing a candidate of another political party in Kano.
Gombe stated: “The attention of the People’s Redemption Party has been drawn to a report making the rounds that it has endorsed the candidate of a major political party for the governorship rerun poll slated for Saturday March 23rd in Kano State. We wish to state categorically that such insinuation is absurd and laughable against the backdrop that our great party came third in the keenly contested poll in the state.
“It is obvious that PRP is reaping from the discontent within the two major parties, All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and there is no way it will relinquish its current position as an emergent third force in Northern politics by endorsing a candidate from among these two parties.
“It is more so when the parties are already jittery of the growing popularity of PRP among the common people after it was repositioned with determination and strategy to win the confidence of Kano people. Founded by the late political sage, Malam Aminu Kano, PRP focuses on the emancipation of the common masses and this we are bent on achieving”.
Maintaining that the PRP has not endorsed any governorship candidate other than its candidate in Kano, Gombe however noted the party’s position that its members are at liberty to vote for any candidate of their choice in the rerun poll billed for next Saturday, the 23rd of March 2019.
“We hereby reiterate that Nigerians voted out the PDP government in 2015 as a show of collective disagreement with the descent of the country into bad governance, and that since the APC had spent the last four years earning the same level of anger and disappointment from Nigerians, it would not augur well for the PRP to support governorship candidates of the two major parties in the forthcoming rerun poll in Kano”.