- Reports that Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau is set to leave the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been trending for 24 hours
- The main opposition party has however taken steps to ensure the former Kano state governor remains in the party
- The national leadership of the PDP has decided to expand the Kano state caretaker committee to accommodate Shekarau's interests
Following media reports that a former minister of education, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, is considering leaving the PDP, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has taken steps to ensure he stays back.
In a statement sent to journalists on Tuesday, September 4, the party announced it had resolved to expand the Kano state caretaker committee to accommodate all interests in line with its adherence to the principles of all-inclusiveness.
The party leadership also said it was prepared to engage with all stakeholders in Kano provided all matters in court against the party are withdrawn and all members work together to build a united PDP that would confront and send incompetent and insensitive people out of governance in the state and Nigeria at large.
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The statement signed by the party's spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the PDP was also open to opinions and suggestions from stakeholders in ensuring reconciliation and accommodation of all interests within its fold in the state.
“The NWC assures that no stone will be left unturned in the overall quest to bring good governance to Kano state, while putting in place machinery to hedge the infiltration of fifth columnists in the party’s fold in the state.
“Furthermore, the NWC urges all stakeholders to always emulate our members in Benue state in the way and manner they united to resolve all issues concerning party structures of their state,” part of the statement read.
Media side to the former governor, Sule Yau Sule, had told newsmen that Shekarau left the PDP due to the insistence of the national headquarters of the party to dissolve the state executives without recourse to due process and despite a court restraining order.
He explained that Shekarau is already consulting with his supporters on the next line of action and the party to move to.
“My boss has met Governor Abdullahi Ganduje in Abuja and they have discussed,” said Sule Yau Sule.
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