- The presidential candidate of the opposition PDP, Atiku Abubakar, has landed in Kano state alongside other party chieftains
- Atiku is reportedly in the northwestern state to officially welcome Senator Ibrahim Shekarau back to the PDP
- Shekarau had left the PDP for the APC in 2019 but recently dumped the ruling party where he was elected as senator for the NNPP
Shekarau had dumped the PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the buildup to the 2019 elections.
He was subsequently elected into the senate on the ruling party’s platform. However, he fell out with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and defected to the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
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After a few months in the new party, his relationship with Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso went sour. Shekarau had kicked against the refusal of the NNPP leadership to get 2023 election tickets for some of his staunch loyalists.
Posting pictures of his arrival to Kano on social media, the former vice president wrote on Twitter:
“I just touched down at the Centre of Commerce, Kano State. The next few days are set to be very productive. – AA.”
The PDP big wigs would reportedly formally welcome Senator Shekarau back to the opposition party on Monday, August 29.
There had been earlier speculations that the former governor of Kano state would return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Kwankwaso betrayed, humiliated me - Shekarau
Speaking on what transpired between him and Kwankwaso during his brief stay in the NNPP, Shekarau stated he was given a form to contest senatorial election, without absorbing his teeming supporters.
“I personally met him (Kwankwaso) at his country home and discussed extensively my decisions to follow him to his new party and he expressed deep happiness."