The camp of one of the leading presidential aspirants in the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has been weakened with the defection of one of his strong allies in the northern region, Abdulmumin Jibrin.
Jibrin is the Director-General (DG) of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Support Groups Management Council (ABATSGMC).
The former lawmaker made the announcement of his defection from APC on his twitter handle on Saturday.
He said he will announce his new political party by today (Sunday).
It is not yet clear the reason for Jibrin’s sudden action. He had tweeted about eight hours earlier, describing the APC as “our great party”.
“I have done my best for APC. It’s time to move on. I will announce my new political party within the next 24 hours insha Allah. I will make a formal statement in due course,” he wrote on his verified Twitter handle.
Jibrin was first elected into the Nigerian National Assembly’s House of Representatives representing Kiru/Bebeji Federal constituency of Kano State under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011 before decamping to the newly formed APC in 2014 and was later re-elected into House of Representatives in 2015.
In March 2015, he contested and got re-elected to the House of Representatives. He was an aspirant for the Speakership of the House but later stepped down for Yakubu Dogara, who went on to win, and emerged Speaker of the 8th Assembly.
Jibrin who had initially been re-elected to his parliamentary seat in the 2019 elections lost in the re-run held in January 2020. He polled 13,587 votes, losing to the PDP’s candidate Ali Datti-Yako who had 48,601 votes.
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