FORMER Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso was on last Tuesday reported to have defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. All effort to confirm the reports proved difficult due to inability of our reporter to get the affected people on phone despite sever effort. Unconfirmed reports have it that Senator Kwankwaso defected with 10 Kano state lawmakers.
His defection may not be unconnected with his ordeals in the ruling party in the state. It will be recalled that in March last year the leadership of the APC, Kano State chapter had initiated moves to suspend him over what it termed anti-party activities. The then chairman, Kano chapter of the party, Alhaji Haruna Umar Doguwa, had told newsmen in Kano that the Senator had, during a visit to the state, allegedly exhibited actions capable of compromising the party’s unity. According to Doguwa, “The case of party indiscipline Kwankwaso would be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in accordance with the constitution of our party.” It would be recalled that sometime in November 2013, 5 governors elected on the platform of the PDP decamped to the APC. It was an unprecedented move in Nigeria’s political history and formed the foundation for APC’s victory at the 2015 general elections. The governors who led their supporters and political structures to APC were Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano) and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers). They were joined by other political heavyweights such as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senator Bukola Saraki, the then Speaker of the House of Representatives – Aminu Tambuwal, Shaba Lafiagi, Mohammed Ndume, Danjuma Goje, Abdullahi Adam, Bindo Jubrilla and Abdullahi Gobir. Others include Dr. Samuel Ortom, former Speaker Aminu Bello Masari, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu and Barrister Simon Lalong. In fact, of the 17 state governors elected on the platform of APC in Northern Nigeria only 7 are not ex-PDP member

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