Immediate past Governor of Kano State, Malam Ibrahim Shakarau yesterday denied rumors that he and other aggrieved chieftains of All Progressives Congress, APC, are working for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, stressing that they are too politically matured to be stooges to anyone.
The APC has been in disarray in some states where the governors defected from PDP to the opposition party as the national leadership reportedly handed over control of party structures in the affected states to the governors. This development did not go down well with Kwankwaso and others, who were party leaders in their respective states before the defection of the governors.
Kwankwaso, who spoke in Sokoto alongside former Governor of the state, Attahiru Bafarawa at the latter’s residence, said, “As far as we are concerned, we are on our own. Both of us have passed a stage of being stooges for anybody and we have the courage. If a PDP man will walk out of the party to another party, why shouldn’t we as responsible people instead of working for anybody behind the scene?”
According to him, their major focus is the way forward in resolving the disagreement between them as stakeholders in their respective states and the leadership of the APC.
“Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Kwara and Rivers have the similar predicament as far as the operations of the APC in our states are concerned, we have been comparing notes, we have been working together, because we have the concern for the growth and development of APC and if there is anything that needs to be done, we need to put heads together to address such an issue, this is why we are here, it is a continuation of our consultation”.
He lamented that they had written separately to lodge their complaint with the leadership of the APC as well as jointly signed letters on their position to some of the steps taken by the leadership of the party, which they felt were unconstitutional but that the leadership was yet to respond to their plight.
“We are not happy that they have taken this long, for example it is getting to 50 days now since Kano brought its own petition, over 250 members of the stakeholders of APC signed the petition, more than 50 days now, no response not even acknowledgement; tot even a telephone call, so we keep pacifying our members to exercise patience”, he said.
Kwankwaso, however, said they are still discussing and working on the way forward.