A former governor of Kano State,Ibrahim Shekarau, has rejoined the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday after a stint with the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP).
Following a dispute with the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over the dominance of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state; Mr. Shekarau shifted to the NNPP on May 18 alongside thousands of his supporters.
Shekarau was one of the politicians that founded the APC in 2013.
When he was elected governor between 2003 and 2011, he was a PDP member.
The former governor announced his defection from the NNPP at his residence in Kano. He spoke at an event attended by the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; as well as his running mate, and governor of Delta State, Ifeanyi Okowa.
At the event, Mr Shekarau said he had written to inform the leadership of the NNPP of his intention to leave the party.
“Myself and thousands of my followers have defected to the People Democratic Party, and are now bona fide members of the PDP,” he said.
“I have formally written to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that I am no longer a senatorial candidate under the NNPP.”
The former governor said he will work to ensure the success of the presidential candidate of the party, Mr Atiku; not only in Kano but in all the states of the federation.
Shekarau was subsequently registered as a member of the PDP by National Chairman of the party, Mr Ayu.
“It is my happiest day… Kano is strategic to the success of the party,” Mr Ayu remarked at the event.
He said the party is more interested in Mr Shekarau because he is a selfless leader; one who believes in teamwork and who abandoned his senatorial ambition to satisfy his people.
“The PDP always believed in teamwork and will never be an individualistic entity of any person,” Mr Ayu said.
Governors at the event include Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State; Darius Ishaku of Taraba State; and the National Chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu; and members of the party’s Board of Trustees led by Walid Jibril.
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