There have been more worries for the New Nigeria Peoples Party, (NNPP) presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, is set to dump the party for Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).
This is coming after a mouth-watering ‘bounty’ was allegedly offered to Shekarau by the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.
Shekarau, a two-term former governor of Kano State and current senator for Kano Central, had defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the NNPP led by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, also a former governor of the state, on June 29, 2021, with thousands of his supporters – a development many described as a major step in the new party’s move to claim Kano state from the APC.
He was thereafter offered an automatic return ticket to the senate after his defection but it was observed that none of his associates was offered any elective position by the party in the list submitted by the party to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
It was gathered that Shekarau and his associates had continually demanded that the party implement the terms of agreement it reached with them before their defection, among which was a nomination ticket for an unspecified number of the former governor’s associates.
A source 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 an insider.
Another source close to Mr Shekarau 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.
Meanwhile, efforts to get a reaction from the chairman of the NNPP in Kano, Honourable Umar Haruna Doguwa, was not successful as of the time of filing this report.
Calls to his number did not connect while a text message sent to the number has not been responded to as of the time of filing this report.