August 31, 2018.
On Friday, he said he was vacating his position for a younger person due to his failing health.
Balarabe disclosed this while declaring open the 54th meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) in Kaduna.
He is the founder of the party named after the same platform on which he was elected governor in the Second Republic in 1979.
But he also assured the party members that he will remain in PRP.
“Due to declining energy and failing health, it has become necessary for me to vacate the seat for younger and with fresher blood, ” he said
He said his successor would not just be a young person in age but someone who is “robustly and combatively committed to all the ideals that our party, the PRP, has always stood for. ”
Balarabe promised to be always available for party assignments “within the limits of my fading energy and failing health.”
He expressed appreciation for all the support the members had given to him over the years and he urged them to render the same support to his successor.
He said its national secretariat had proposed uniform guidelines for “the 2018-2019 primaries and determining candidates at all levels of the party structure.”
He said the party primaries for 2019 election would be completed on or before October 7, going by INEC timetable.
“These guidelines are specific to the impending 2019 elections only and may be modified as deemed fit for other subsequent elections, ” he said.