Barring last minute change, a former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has concluded plans to announce his defection from the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Shekarau, who represents Kano Central at the Senate, had officially defected from APC to NNPP in a letter read during plenary by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, on June 29.
PlatinumPost learnt on good authority that Shekarau major grouse is that Kwnkwaso have completely sidelined him in the NNPP.
This newspaper gathered that Senator Shekarau was shocked recently when he visited the residence of Kwankwaso and a political meeting was ongoing but he was asked to excuse them that he is not part of the meeting.
The former governor who was upset asked if the meeting was not not political and one of Kwankwaso’s aide replied him that is political but he is not part of the meeting.
He was told to wait in another room for the meeting to end so that Kwankwaso will see him,which he obliged.
Mr Shekarau is not equally happy with the way and manner he is been treated by Kwankwaso since he defected from the APC.
Reliable sources from Shekarau’s camp told PlatinumPost that Kwankwaso’s highhandeness in running the affairs of the party did not go down well with the serving Senator.
One of the source said Kwankwaso is not carrying Shekarau along, for instance he takes major decisions without the input of Shekarau who see himself as heavy weight in Kano politics.
According to DAILY NIGERIAN when NNPP leaders learnt about Shekarau’s planned defection, a 3-man delegation comprising the NNPP governorship candidate Abba Kabir-Yusuf, the senatorial candidate of Kano South Kawu Sumaila and a candidate of House of Representatives Kabiru Rurum, sought audience with him on Friday night in Abuja, but Shekarau refused to see them.
Credible sources familiar with Shekarau’s clandestine moves and separate meetings with the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar; his running-mate Ifeanyi Okowa and; the national chairman of the party, Iyochia Ayu, said the former governor had “reached a deal” with the PDP and is expected to formally announce his defection soon.
According to an insider, the former governor on Sunday summoned an emergency meeting of his political advisory council, dubbed the Shura Consultative Assembly, and informed the members about the latest development.
A 21-member committee will meet on Tuesday (today) at 4pm to finalise the defection arrangements and ways to manage public criticisms that may trail Shekarau’s unexpected political detour.
A source familiar with the meeting said as part of the exit plans, the presidential candidate of PDP Atiku Abubakar will come to Mr Shekarau’s Mundubawa residence to “woo” him before the formal announcement.
“The truth is that Atiku has made some mouth-watering offers such as ministerial and parastatal slots to Mallam. This is in addition to appointing him as the North West campaign coordinator and in charge of campaign finances in the region,” said the insider.
Another source close to Shekarau, however, said the senator decided to dump the NNPP and abandon his senatorial candidacy because the NNPP failed to accommodate some of his associates.
“The NNPP only offered the senatorial ticket to Shekarau without giving any ticket to Mallam’s associates. So there is deep resentment in among Shekarau’s associates who felt that Mallam only negotiated his senatorial slot alone and did not make efforts for them,” said the source.
Shekarau’s spokesman, Sule Yau Sule, could not be reached for comment at the time of filing the report.