Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano State, has claimed that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso deceived him and his supporters, which is why they left the party.
This was revealed by Shekarau in an interview on Channels TV aired on Thursday, September 1, 2022
Monday marked the official announcement of the senator for Kano Central’s switch from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He claimed that the Kwankwasiyya movement’s leader purposefully put off carrying out the promises they made before he joined the party until INEC stopped accepting candidates.
Shekarau said, “We made our proposal as a group, as a movement together with all my political associations…We sat down with Rabiu Kwankwaso. I submitted my proposal and he accepted it. He said in one or three days he was going to prepare his own proposal…Then, I together with him will sit down to sort ourselves out and then harmonize and see what we could do for these electable people from various constituencies.
“He and I having governed Kano, we sufficiently know all the key players regardless of the parties they belong.
“I felt it was not a big deal to sit down to organize people from his and my camps, who are electable. We kept on waiting. I submitted this to him on the 10th of May and by the 11th of May, I reminded. Meanwhile, our own movement had taken a decision.”
Shekarau added that he was surprised to see handwritten list of candidates released by the leadership of NNPP in the state.
He added, “The same 14th of May by midnight; we saw a list released by the party leadership of the state, handwritten list of candidates and their constituencies. In fact, on the list released by May 18th, some constituencies had no names. The following morning I met him (Kwankwaso) and challenged the list.
“We said this is unacceptable because in the entire list except for my name; no any other name from our own movement or our own association was reflected on the list.
“By 12th of August, all the doors had been shut by INEC. There was no way you can make any substitution either at state level or national level. I had to call a meeting of my political associates to brief them as what we went through in three months.
“To our surprise, two days later, my brother Rabiu Kwankwaso was on air on the Hausa Service of BBC; saying there was no way we could be attended because we joined the party when it was too late. A party we joined on 18th of May when candidates were being sorted out and primaries were being held?
“That is the least you can call it, betrayal, outright disregard, manipulation. Our guiding principle is the protection of our image.”