- Not fewer than 10,000 supporters of Kwankwasiyya group in Kano reportedly defected by to the APC
- The defectors said they decided to dump the PDP and Kwankwasiyya due to the laudable youth empowerment programmes of the APC government
- Accepting the defectors, the APC state chairman assured them that Ganduje-led administration would continue to introduce more empowerment programmes
Over 10,000 supporters of Kwankwasiyya group under the auspices of Tricycle Riders Association of Nigeria, Kano state chapter have reportedly left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for All Progressive Congress (APC).
Daily Trust reports that the defection coincided with the day the leader of Kwankwasiyya group, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, was declaring his ambition to run for president in the 2019 general election.
Legit.ng gathered that the defectors, who were received at Sani Abacha Indoor Stadium by the APC state chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, burnt hundreds of red caps, one of the symbols of Kwankwasiyya movement.
Salihu Tanko Yakasai, special assistant on media to the Kano state government confirmed the development via his Twitter handle, @dawisu.
The leader of the defectors, Sani Sharu Dala, said they had dumped PDP and Kwankwasiyya courtesy of the laudable youth empowerment programmes the APC-led government had been introducing since it assumed office in 2015.
“We have defected to APC and burnt our red caps to show to the world that we have left Kwankwasiyya and the PDP. We are convinced that the overall leader of the party in the state Dr Ganduje is committed to the plights of the people. We will continue to support the Buhari/Ganduje governments.”
Receiving the defectors, Abbas said: “APC is your home. It was unfortunate that someone misled you to join PDP for his personal interest. But it is fortunate that you have understood the real motive of Kwankwaso’s decamping to PDP.
“We must thank God that you have returned to your former party. Your return to APC is a clear testimony that people are in total support of President Buhari and Governor Ganduje. You should feel free in APC because it is your home and we will treat you fairly.”
On his part, the commissioner for local government, Alhaji Murtala Sule Garo, assured youths in the state that the Ganduje-led administration would continue to introduce more empowerment programmes that would uplift their living standard.
Garo said Kano state government had so far empowered over one million youths, assuring that more youths would benefit from the gesture as the programme was still in progress.
The commissioner urged youth in the state to rally round the Buhari and Ganduje-led administrations, saying the APC government at all levels was determined to work more on the creation of job opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerians.
The state commissioner of information, Malam Muhammad Garba, said Ganduje administration would not relent in its efforts towards salvaging youths from the bondage of dirty politics.
“Kano state government will do everything humanly possible to improve the lives of youths in the state. While the government is putting in its best towards improving your living standard, we expect you to vote for Buhari and Ganduje come 2019 general elections.
“I am confident that Kano youths will not vote for anybody except Buhari and Ganduje because the two leaders have done a lot to them especially in the area of empowerment, sports and entrepreneurship among other areas. Let me state categorically that in as much as the youths will continue to support Ganduje, the governor in return will continue to empower them,” Garba said.
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Legit.ng previously reported that Kwankwaso declared his intention to run for presidency in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The former governor made this declaration in Abuja on Wednesday, August 29.
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