Updated: March 7, 2021
A former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, has dumped the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for President Muhammadu Buhari’s ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).
Local newspaper Daily Trust reported on Tuesday quoting his media aide, Sule Ya’u Sule.
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Why it matters: Kano and Lagos are two of Nigeria’s most populous states. A victory in both states by Mr Buhari’s party next year would almost guarantee a continuity of the current administration. Both states are currently governed by the ruling party, but disagreements amongst influential politicians threaten to shift the balance of power.
Sule said the former governor’s decision to dump PDP was reached after a meeting with his supporters.
“I want confirm to you that Shekarau has decided to defect from PDP to APC due to the injustice meted on him and his supporters by the PDP leadership.
“My boss met with Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in Abuja yesterday, and concluded plans for our return to APC. He will meet with all the stakeholders concerned in Kano and then make his decamping public,” he said.
According to the report, “Sule affirmed that there is no way they could remain in PDP watching the national leadership of the party dancing to the tune of Kwankwaso at the settlement of other PDP big wings”.