- Labaran Maku earlier stated that his return to the PDP to contest the governorship seat would take Nasarawa state from the ruling All Progressives Congress’ control in the 2023 election
- In a twist, the governorship hopeful has withdrawn from Nasarawa state gubernatorial race citing personal reasons for his decision
- The northern politician assured that he would release an official statement to further confirm his latest move
Labaran Maku, former minister of information, who recently joined the Nasarawa state governorship race on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the race hours into the commencement of the governorship primary election, The Punch reports.
Speaking on Wednesday, May 25, at the venue of the PDP primary in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the state, the former APGA chieftain Maku said he had wide consultations with friends and associates including stakeholders of the party before deciding to withdraw from the contest.
Maku cited reasons
When asked to know the reason for his withdrawal from the contest, the former Minister of Information said his decision was best known to him, assuring that he would release an official statement on the matter, The Nation report also indicated.
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Legit.ng gathered that the three aspirants contesting the governorship position on the platform of the PDP; David Ombugadu, Nuhu Amgbazo and Labaran Maku had during a meeting at the party’s secretariat in Lafia, agreed to accept the outcome of the primary election and work together in order to defeat the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Sule in 2023.
2023: Northern lawmaker dumps PDP, defects to APC
Earlier, the member, representing Kano Municipal in the Kano State House of Assembly, Salisu Gwangwazo, has announced his defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC), from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
It was reported that Mr. Gwangwazo popularly referred to as Alhaji Baba, made this announcement through a letter sent to the Speaker of the House, Hamisu Chidari, on Friday, April 29.
A statement issued and signed by the chief press secretary of the Assembly, Uba Abdullahi, said the lawmaker decided to leave PDP due to leadership crisis that rocked the party.
Labaran Maku describes TY Danjuma as an icon, statesman
Meanwhile, Maku had congratulated elder statesman, Lt-Gen Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) on his 84th birthday.
Maku, an accomplished journalist turned politician sent his congratulatory message to the Taraba-born retired military chief via a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, December 10, 2021.
He described Danjuma as one of Nigeria’s most feared and respected soldiers, adding that the businessman's image looms large in Nigeria's political and business environments.