Immediate past governor of Kano State and one of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, on Tuesday debunked claims by the recently defected Peoples Democratic Party governors that there is an existing ‘agreement’ to make them chairmen/leaders of the party in their various states.
Shekarau, who was speaking yesterday on a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Kaduna’s Hausa programme, Hanu da yawa, feigned ignorance of an existing agreement reached with the former PDP governors to be chairmen of the party in their states.
He challenged the leadership of the APC to produce such agreement, insisting that they (G-5) could not lead the party in the states.
The PDP Governors that defected to the APC are Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamako (Sokoto), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) and Rotimi Ameachi (Rivers).
With the exception of one or two governors, the remaining are having running battles with the existing leadership of APC in their respective states over who should be the party leader.
Shekarau, who was a presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in 2011, added that they wouldn’t have faulted the idea of an agreement if it followed due process or if all party leaders met to agree on it.
The former governor said, “I challenge our northern APC chairman, Bello Masari, to tell us the time, date and at what meeting it was agreed that the said state governors should be made chairmen of the party in their states. Is it at a meeting of 35 party members which was never held or was it at a meeting of party elders?”
“Our National Chairman, Bisi Akande, only went with a few APC governors to meet with some PDP leaders and now they are talking of an agreement. Let him (Masari) provide the copy of the said agreement to newsmen to enable the public to know the content of the agreement and where it was agreed upon”.
Shekarau, who expressed worry over the development, recalled that before he and other aggrieved members of the party raised the alarm over the said agreement, he had sought clarification from some party elders who told him there was no such agreement.