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#2023: Shekarau Reveals How Kwankwaso Betrayed And Manipulated Him

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Former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, has accused the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, of betrayal and manipulation.

Senator Shekarau disclosed this while appearing on the Channels TV primetime programme, Politics Today, on Thursday, September 1 2022, monitored by Headlinenews.news.

The Senator described the governor’s actions as a betrayal and “outright disregard, outright manipulation”, noting that what was important was the protection of his image, the truth and integrity.

Shekarau said, “We joined the party on the 18th of May. Long before then, almost two weeks earlier on, through my discussion with him, we made our proposals. At that time, it was the period of generating candidates of the various political offices to be contested in the 2023 general elections – state assembly, national assembly, governorship and senatorial seats.

“We sat down with Rabiu Kwankwaso. I submitted this proposal, he accepted it and he said in about one or two, three days, he’s going to prepare his proposal. And then I together with him will sit down to sort ourselves out and harmonise and see what we can do to produce electable people in our various constituencies”.

Senator Shekarau said that the Governor had presented him a senatorial form upon his defection to the party from the APC. He however challenged the governor when the party leadership had released what he considered an incomplete list of candidate names.

Shekarau added,“This hope and trust and sincerity kept us moving up to the 18th of May where we had a public declaration and Kwankwaso came with all his own political associate it was a very big ceremony.

“It was at that meeting that he brought the senatorial seat of Kano central form, and presented it to me, he said I was the first to receive the form. At that time as at 18th of May, no other candidate had been identified or listed or given form through the various discussion that we agreed to make.

“The same 18th of May by the night, midnight, we saw a list released by the party leadership in the state, handwritten list of candidates by their constituencies and indicating as having solved the entire constituencies’ candidate.

“In fact, in the list released on the 18th by the night, even some constituencies had no name. The following morning I met him and I challenged the list released, we said this is unacceptable because in the entire list, except my name, no any other name from our own movement from our own political association was reflected on the list”.

Shekarau said himself and Kwankwaso resolved to set up a nine-man committee to harmonise the lists for both camps to have representative tickets but the committee given three days spent three months till the end of the deadline by the Independent National Electoral Commission for the submission of names elapsed.

“We convened a meeting, I had to call a meeting of my political associates, to brief them as to what we went through for three months. And we set up a committee of 30 to go and review the situation, we still did not make it public.

“But to our surprise, few days later, my brother Rabiu Kwankwaso was on air on the Hausa service of the BBC, monitored by Headlinenews.news Correspondent, saying that there was no way we could be attended to, because we joined the party when it was too late,” he said.

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