JUST IN: ‘1000’ APC Members Defect to NNPP in Kano, Photos Trend

JUST IN: ‘1000’ APC Members Defect to NNPP in Kano, Photos Trend

  • The ruling NNPP in Kano state has gotten stronger with the addition of about 1,000 opposition members
  • The APC in the colossal northwest state suffered a depletion which Abdullahi Ganduje, the national chairman of the APC, would not be happy with
  • Hashimu Dungurawa, the chairman of the NNPP in Kano state, welcomed the new members and gave them an assurance

Legit.ng journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering politics and elections in Nigeria.

Kano, Kano state - At least, 1,000 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state have defected to the ruling New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

As reported by The Nation, the state deputy governor, Aminu Gwarzo, officially received the defectors on behalf of Governor Abba Yusuf at the government house, Kano, on Saturday, April 20.

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Dozens of APC chieftains defect to NNPP
Ganduje's former allies defect to NNPP in Kano. Photo credits: @OfficialNNPPng, @OfficialAPCNg
Source: Twitter

A statement by Ibrahim Garba, the deputy governor’s chief press secretary (CPS), said the defectors hail from Shanono and Bagwai local government areas (LGAs) of Kano state.

The statement described the defection to NNPP as a significant shift.

Voice of Nigeria also noted the development which is considered a blow to Abdullahi Ganduje, the immediate past governor of the state and current national chairman of the APC.

Legit.ng reports that Rabiu Kwankwaso, Ganduje's political rival and a presidential hopeful in the 2023 election, will be glad with the update.

Kano NNPP chair delighted

Hashimu Dungurawa, the chairman of the NNPP in Kano state, welcomed the new members and assured them that they would be carried along in all the activities in the ruling party.

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He called on more members of the opposition parties to join the NNPP while urging support for the government’s programmes and policies.

Kano defectors speak

The leader of the defectors, Haruna Abbas, said they were joining NNPP because of Governor Abba Yusuf’s leadership qualities and style of governance.

He pledged their dedication to working with the NNPP for Kano’s growth.

Check out some photos from the defection ceremony here.

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Speaking to Legit.ng, Adekunle Aderibigbe, a chieftain of the NNPP in Lagos state who contested for a seat in the state house of assembly during the 2023 election, said the recent influx of about 1,000 opposition members is a testament to "the changing political landscape" in the northern region.

Aderibigbe stated that the development underscores a fundamental principle in democratic governance.

He told Legit.ng:

"When a ruling party effectively serves the interests of the governed, it inevitably becomes an attractive option for opposition members and other stakeholders seeking better representation and governance."

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Furthermore, the NNPP stalwart asserted that the surge in defections "comes at a critical juncture, coinciding with a period of uncertainty within the APC leadership, particularly in Kano state".

He added:

"The lingering issues surrounding the APC leadership have undoubtedly contributed to the confusion among its members, creating an opportune moment for alternative political platforms like the NNPP to gain momentum.

Aderibigbe concluded:

"As we welcome these new members into our party, we remain committed to upholding the principles of transparency, accountability, and inclusive governance.
"We see this as an opportunity to further strengthen our party's presence and advance our agenda of providing responsive and responsible leadership to the people of Kano state."

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NNPP, APC supporters clash in Kano

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that overzealous supporters of the two leading political parties in Kano clashed in some remote areas of the state.

Although no loss of life has been recorded, the state commissioner of police (CP), Mohammed Usaini Gumel, and his team have commenced moves to douse tension.

Source: Legit.ng

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