- It is a norm in the political arena for politicians with personal interests to move from one party to another in the build upon of a general election
- Nigeria is no exception, as in the past months; there has been a series of cross-carpeting of influential party stalwarts with important positions in the country defecting to other parties
- Recent is the move by a former governor of Kano state; although he is yet to announce his new party, but he dumped the New Nigerian Peoples Party because his men were denied nomination forms
The former governor of Kano state, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, on Monday, August 22, parted ways with his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, after announcing his exit from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Vanguard reports.
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Legit.ng reported that the senatorial candidate of the NNPP moved out of the party because his followers were denied forms to also pursue their political ambitions ahead of the 2023 elections.
Although Shekarau did not mention the party, he intends to move to, but a close source revealed he might rejoin the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he exited from.
Shekarau reveals top secret
Meanwhile, the two-term governor and incumbent senator dropped a bombshell.
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He disclosed he still lives in a rented house in Abuja while noting he did not allocate a plot of land to himself in his eight years as governor of Kano state.
Shekarau noted further that he would never trade his conscience for money as he challenges anyone who knows his plot of land to expose it.
The senator affirmed thus:
“Nobody will use money to change my conscience. I was a governor for eight years in Kano and people believed in my integrity. I am still leaving in a rented house in Abuja and did not allocate a single plot of land to myself when serving as Governor in Kano. I challenge anyone who knows my plot of land to expose it."
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Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state, has reportedly accused Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), of disappointing him and his supporters after joining the party.
Shekarau, who spoke at a press conference in Kano on Monday, August 22, promised to announce his final decision on defection in a few days.
The former All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain met with the highest decision body of his political group, The Shura Council, at the weekend to discuss issues related to Atiku Abubakar’s proposal for him to join the PDP.
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Kwankwaso was reacting to the rumour that Shekarau may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over an alleged failure to fulfil the terms of the agreement the duo had before Shekarau joined the NNPP.
The presidential hopeful, denying having a rift with the senatorial candidate, explained why the party could not meet one of the requests of the Shekarau’s camp.