Amid Monday’s downpour, thousands of party faithful and sympathizers massed in the ancient city of Kano to witness another defection of a former State Governor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, from the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Shekarau, who had in May 2022 quit the All Progressives Congress (APC) which gave him the Kano Central District ticket in 2019, formally announced his latest defection in Kano to the PDP on Monday.
He told a multitude:” I welcome our dignitaries to this memorable occasion, particularly the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President Namadi Sambo, the PDP National Chairman, PDP governors and other guests.
“I, Ibrahim Shekarau, inform you that from Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, my supporters and I have dumped the NNPP and joined the PDP.
“I have written to the NNPP National Chairman, chairmen at the state, local governments, and ward levels of the party that I have dumped the NNPP.
“I have equally written to INEC Chairman and to the Kano State Resident Electoral Commissioner of INEC that I am no longer contesting the senatorial position on the platform of the NNPP.”
Shekarau, who was registered by PDP Northwest Vice-Chairman, Sen. Bello Hayatu-Gwarzo, urged his supporters to work for the success of PDP in the 2023 general polls.
Persecondnews reports that the highpoint of the occasion was the presentation of membership card to Shekarau by the party’s National Chairman, Dr Iyochia Ayu.
PDP, Ayu said, was built by leaders collectively, insisting “there will never be individual leader in the party.’’
He said the party is proud of Kano State especially with Shekarau joining the party.
Speaking at the occasion, PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar thanked party supporters for huge turnout in spite of the heavy rain.
He pointed out that the turnout confirmed Shekarau’s dominance and popularity in Kano State politics.
“We are happy for having you (Shekarau) in the party; you are very important to us likewise Kano State.”
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