Popular Kannywood actress Fatima Danladi Isa aka Fati Asirka is the Kano State gubernatorial candidate under Restoration Party of Nigeria (RPN). On what inspired her to join politics, in an interview with Daily Trust, Fati Asirka said, “I was inspired by the recent legislation, the Not Too Young to Run bill that gives young people the opportunity to run for political offices so as to contribute their quota to national development. I was motivated by that law to test my popularity with the people of Kano. Moreover, I was encouraged by the fact that for many years the politics of Kano and northern Nigeria has been dominated by men.
“I am determined to break the jinx and set a new paradigm in the history of Kano State politics. Even if I don’t make it, at the end let it be known that I did something fresh, so that in future reference would be made to the attempt I made, and probably a time may come when a female governor will emerge.When I wanted to join politics and contest, I made serious visibility studies of the existing political parties, out of which I settled for RP. I then identified myself with the party leadership and members and got registered. As I said earlier, with the Not Too Young to Run law in existence I was encouraged by friends and political allies. I picked the party nomination form and won the primaries. As God will have it, today I am the flag bearer in the governorship race.”
On how she got RPN gubernatorial, Asirka added, “In the beginning I discussed with my state chairman, after which he asked me to get the form. I went to Abuja to our national head office and obtained it, filled and submitted. After that, I came back and a primary election was conducted to select the party candidate. Delegates came from Abuja and INEC representatives came as well. I was elected unopposed. After the primaries, all gubernatorial candidates of the party converged in Abuja, where we had our first national meeting of party candidates. It wasn’t as easy as one may want to think it was.”