By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Former Minister of Water Resources, Barrister Mukhtari Shagari popularly called “Mai Ruwa” yesterday declared his ambition to contest the seat of Sokoto state Governor in 2019 general elections on the banner of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, Shagari had in 2011 and 2015 contested for the seat in the state but failed to win even as he could not scale the primary stage in 2015 when Sen. Abdallah Wali picked the party’s ticket as candidate.
Shagari is now the second contender against Tambuwal to declare his ambition a day after a former Finance Commissioner in the state, Farouk Malami Yabo who is aspiring on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC)
Making the declaration, Barrister Shagari who was a two terms Deputy Governor in the state hitherto, warned against oppression of its members by the party’s leadership for the benefit of those who have just defected to the party.
“We are welcoming new members, out doors are always opened for them.
” However, I want our leaders to ensure justice in dealing with all its members. Don’t oppress or impose candidate on us,” he warned
According to Shagari, ” Those who left for APC thought it has a cure to their problem only for them to realise that their problem is worsening by the day and now come back to the most acceptable party in the country.
In the same vein, the aspirant, assured of his readiness to carry all members of the party along if given the ticket just as he expressed commitment to leading the state to the promised land with emphasis and focus on education, health and agriculture as priorities.
” I assure you that I am the antidote to your problems,” he reassured the people of the state