Kano APC Crisis: Deputy Speaker dumps APC as Shekarau, Rurum others join Kwankwaso’s NNPP
The gale of defection in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano continued with the latest defectors jetting out of the ruling party with their large followers.
Deputy Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Zubairu Hamza Massu, and former special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on legislative affairs Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila announced their defection on Friday.
Before the deputy speaker’s defection, 13 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had tendered their defection notice and decision to join New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
In a letter dated 12th May 2022, addressed to the APC Chairman Thursday evening, Massu sighted unjust treatment, inadequate internal democracy, and total marginalization of Kano south from the scheme of powers in the state.
Although, Sumaila did not issue any formal complaint or reason why he was leaving APC, the former minority leader of the House of Representatives, staged mass mobilization of APC members and loyalists denouncing APC.
Meanwhile, the Senator representing Kano central district, Ibrahim Shekarau may formally announce his defection from the ruling APC this weekend.
The former Governor of Kano state and minister may join the NNPP alongside top aggrieved members of APC who felt maltreated by the party leadership under the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, The Guardian learned.
Other members leaving APC for NNPP include a former speaker and member representing Rano/Bunkure/Kibiya federal constituency, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum; Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, Tijjani Abdulkadir Jobe, a member representing (Dawakin-Tofa/Tofa/ Rimin-Gado) federal constituency; Haruna Dederi, a federal lawmaker from Karaye constituency and host of others.
It was gathered that Malam Shekarau’s decision to dump the APC was concluded at a stakeholders consultative (Shura) meeting held early this week.
The leader of the G7 APC group was said to have left in dilemma on the alternative political strategy after the Supreme Court judgment which validated the Ganduje-backed APC leadership in Kano.
However, it was learned that the APC leadership at the headquarters intervened on the aftermath of the court verdict with the understanding that some of the aggrieved G7 members including Malam Shekarau would be guaranteed a “return ticket”.
“After it was agreed that the crisis would be amicably resolved through series of mechanisms, one of reconciliation mechanisms is guarantee return ticket to the G7 members. Incidentally, the music has changed,” a source told The Guardian.
“The government has changed the rules of the game in the middle of game. When you ask someone to pick ticket and you also directed some of your favorite to also get the same ticket, what are you trying to do. We see the whole game plan as delibrate attempt to embarrass Malam at the primary and so we have to act quickly.”
Kwara Gov Greets Hon. Mashood Mustapha At 60
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has congratulated Hon. Mashood Mustapha on his 60th birthday anniversary today, praying God to grant the politician and businessman good health and long life.
Fidel Info reports that the Governor described the former House of Representatives member as a hard working person with good impacts on the society.
“I send my hearty congratulations to my brother and fellow party man, Hon. Mashood Mustapha, on the occasion of his diamond jubilee on earth. Everyday is indeed worth celebrating in a man’s life, but hitting age 60 is a special blessing from God,” the Governor said in a statement.
“We thank Hon. Mashood Mustapha for his support for our administration. I therefore join family and friends to celebrate Hon. Mashood Mustapha who is a great community leader and a supporter of good causes. I wish him Allah’s continuous grace as he enters the golden years.”
IEPY Slams Saraki Over Unguarded Statements Against Emir
A sociocultural group, Ilorin Emirate Progressive Youths (IEPY) has carpeted former senate president, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, over his unguarded utterances against the Ilorin Emirate.
Fidel Info reports that IEPY in a statement on Monday signed by its Chairman, Engr. Bolaji Sadiq, expressed surprise that despite being a ranking traditional title holder of the Emirate (Waziri), Saraki could still be going about spiting the Emir and the Emirate.
The former senate president in reports of news mediums pledged to tear the Emirate structure apart by removing Moro out of it. Moro has always been a part of the Ilorin Emirate.
We understand that this pledge was dictated by his desperate need for sympathy votes to awaken his dead party. That was why he tried to wooed the Moro people with this sentiment during his tour to the community. However, our Emirate is not what politicians should use to play politics.
We are displeased that Dr. Saraki has not been portraying the Emirate in good light in recent times. We saw videos of how he came home some months back and on his way to the Ilorin Central Mosque was throwing wads of naira into the air for our people to hustle over, which might lead to stampede or even violence. This is apart from the dehumanising picture that such act paints to our people.
We recall that it was that same day he was dragging seat at the central mosque with the President’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari. Apart from his position as chief of staff to the number one citizen, Prof. Gambari is also a prince of Ilorin Emirate. We hope Saraki is not waging war against the Ilorin Emirate because he can never succeed in such. Promising traditional rulers in some parts of the state that his PDP government if supported will rotate the chairmanship position of the Kwara State Traditional Council is targeted at our revered Emir who has always been the Chairman of the Council.
We therefore use this platform to caution Dr. Bukola Saraki to guard his utterances and stop fueling discord because of politics. Politics would soon go but what he has said would remain.
Kwara Gov Mourns CSC Commissioner Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has described as shocking and painful the death of Commissioner II at the Civil Service Commission Mrs Dorcas Afeniforo.
Fidel Info reports that Mrs Afeniforo, a former commissioner for Women Affairs and top loyalist of the Governor, died in an auto crash on Saturday while returning from a trip to Lagos.
“The development is shocking and painful. It is a huge loss to the progressive family in the state. Mrs Afeniforo will always be remembered for her fine legacies as a foremost women development advocate and her contributions to the development of the state,” Governor said in a statement.
“We commiserate with the family of Mrs Afeniforo and to the good people of Baruten and Kwara North whom she represented at the CSC until her death. We pray to God to grant comfort to the family she left behind.”
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