- Former Kano state governor Ibrahim Shekarau has opened up about his recent meeting with the APC leader, Bola Tinubu
- Shekarau said the meeting was about the internal crisis tearing the Kano state chapter of the APC apart
- The former governor also said the meeting was not about the speculated presidential ambition of Tinubu
Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state, has confirmed that his meeting with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was on the crisis rocking the Kano state chapter of the party.
The former Kano governor had on Sunday, December 5, met with Tunubu alongside members of his faction of the APC in Kano
Governor Ganduje’s loyalists constitute the other faction of the APC in Kano and controlled the leadership until the Federal High Court in Abuja recently voided the congresses that produced the party leaders.
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Kano APC crisis has nothing to do with Ganduje
After meeting with Tinubu, Shekarau said the crisis in the APC in the state has nothing to do with Governor Ganduje but rather the state’s leadership of the party.
“I told him (Tinubu) that the crisis in Kano APC was not between myself and Ganduje, it is a disagreement of the party leadership in the state; we were sidelined in the affairs of the party in the state.
“Tinubu told me that Governor Ganduje initially briefed him about the crisis, so as a leader, he deemed it necessary to invite me to hear from me and he sent for me and we met on Sunday in Lagos."
Meeting not about Tinubu's speculated presidential ambition
Though there are strong speculations that Tinubu is eyeing the presidency in 2023, Shekarau said the meeting with former Lagos governor was strictly on the Kano party crisis.
He said such a meeting with the party leader was usual as they had always met to discuss issues at stake in the APC.
“There is nothing like supporting him. As I told you he requested me to see him. So both of us are leaders in the APC, and we have good relation. So with or without this crisis happening in Kano, we can meet and discuss issues of our great party.”
When asked if Tinubu promised to take any action regarding the feud in Kano, Shekarau said it is left for him to decide, Daily Trust also reported.
“He listened to them and he listened to our side, so whatever remains is left for him. If he will offer an advice to them or to the party is all well with us,” he added.
2023: Elder statesman Yakasai confirms Tinubu’s presidential ambition
In a related development, one of the major critics of President Buhari's government, Alhaji Tanko Yakasai has opened up what he discussed with Asiwaju Tinubu in his Abuja residence.
Tinubu had on Wednesday, November 24, visited the elder statesman.
The 96-year-old stated that the APC national leader was at his home to solicit support for his presidential ambition in 2023.