PROFILE: Kano PRP Governorship Candidate, Saliu Tanko Yakasai
The gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) in Kano, Saliu Tanko Yakasai started his educational career at Magwan Special Primary School from September 1983 to July 1988.
He then joined Kano Capital Junior Secondary School and later Crescent International School where he completed his secondary education. Yakasai enrolled at the Alliance De Francaise Kano, where he obtained diploma in French Language.
Also, he had Diploma in Corporate Management Studies from School of Management Studies, Kano, Professional Diploma in Mass Communication and Advanced Diploma in Mass Communication, both from Bayero University Kano.
Saliu Tanko Yakasai , subsequently enrolled for Executive Certificate in Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States in March 2019 and BSc. Mass Communication at National Open University of Nigeria, from March 2014 – November 2021.
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The young governorship candidate joined partisan politics at the age of 24 in December 2000, (All Peoples Party) and contested for Councilor at ward level from 2001 to 2003 in APP but lost at the primaries.
He joined the Buhari Organization in 2002, later served as Legislative Aide to the House of Reps Member Representing Nasarawa, Federal Constituency (2003 to 2007).
He contested for Welfare Officer of ANPP in 2005 and was appointed Secretary, Kano State ANPP Publicity Committee also in 2005.
Similarly, he contested for Nasarawa LG State Assembly bye-elections under the platform of ANPP in 2006 and could not make it, same goes for State Assembly under the Congress for Progressive Change CPC in 2011 and lost in the primaries.
He was appointed member of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council in CPC (Welfare Committee) and appointed member of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council in APC (Youth Committee).
His working career started as Marketing Executive with Satco Nigeria Limited, 2002 to 2004 and later Ag. Chief Marketing Officer Tee Klean Nigeria Limited
Later, he joined the Freedom Radio Group in Kano, as Program Presenter, from 2011 to 2012 and subsequently became Senior Media Marketing Consultant to the station from 2012 – 2016.
With his wealth of experience as a political communication expert, Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje appointed him, Director General, Media & Publicity in 2016 and later appointed Special Adviser, Media & Communications to Gov. Ganduje in 2018 till 2021.
Saliu Tanko Yakasai is happily married with children.