Katsina state deputy Governor, Mannir Yakubu has officially declared to join the 2023 governorship race.
The governor resigned his position as the commissioner for agriculture and natural resources ahead of the race.
The resignation was announced in a statement on Thursday by his chief press secretary, Ibrahim Musa-Kalla.
Mr Musa-Kalla said the resignation was in preparation for the deputy governor to declare his governorship interest in compliance with Section 84 (12) of the 2022 Electoral Act.
“Alhaji Yakubu thanked God and Governor Aminu Masari for giving him the opportunity to contribute towards the restoration of agriculture in the state,” said the statement.
Mr Yakubu expressed happiness over the “repositioning” of the agricultural sector.
“Such guaranteed food security, and agro-industrial needs of the Katsina State and Nigeria in general,” the statement quoted the deputy governor as saying.