Defecting PDP Governors Could Take Over APC, Says Kwankwaso

Rabiu KwankwasoThe governor of Kano State, Engr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has said the governors, who recently defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressive Congress (APC) have the chance of overshadowing other stakeholders that formed the APC.

APC is the product of a merger between three political parties namely: Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change.

Gov. Kwankwaso was speaking against the backdrop of last week’s petition by his predecessor and a chieftain of APC, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau to the national headquarters of the party kicking against planned handing over of the party structure in the state to the incumbent governor.

Speaking with the Hausa Service of British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, yesterday, Kwankwaso said with the growing certainty surrounding the defection of more PDP governors to APC, there was the possibility of the present five governors to emerge with the largest number of members in the party.

“There is no issue of taking over the party, because it is a new party. In the whole Nigeria, nobody has an APC membership card. So there is no need for the concern (Shekarau) of taking over the party by anyone, it is every body’s party”, he said.

Kwankwaso added: “As a mega party of ANPP, ACN and CPC, who formed the party, we from PDP are also part of that merger. And among these parties, it is PDP, our group that can boast of having five governors in APC now, with the exception of ACN.

“Unlike ACN, who are entirely into APC now, it is the PDP bloc that has all certainty of having other governors joining the party. Hence, we may be having the largest contingent in APC”, he stressed.

The Kano governor said as a strong party that is capable of winning elections in the country, APC could not be immune from certain hiccups from other members, stressing the need for understanding with people of different views and interest in any political quest.