Shekarau’s Defection To PDP No Guarantee That Jonathan Will Win Kano Votes In 2015, Says Ex-Aide

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The recent defection of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the immediate past governor of Kano State to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is not a guarantee that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the state in 2015, Alhaji Ibrahim Garba, a former commissioner under the now expired Shekarau’s administration has said.

Shekarau, who was one of the proponents of the formation of a mega opposition alliance, which gave birth to the All Progressives Congress (APC), defected to the PDP late last month following a disagreement over state leadership position.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, the ex-commissioner said he and many other loyalists of the former governor stayed behind in APC in order to dislodge the ruling PDP come 2015.

“While we were in government, from 2003 to 2011, Shekarau warned us to be very careful with PDP that the party is for the devils. And this is why we didn’t follow him to PDP when he was decamping to the party because nothing has changed in the party.

“We in the former ANPP we know what we did that made us win in 2003, we are going to use the same mechanism to ensure APC wins Kano State come 2015. The defection of Mallam to PDP will not make Jonathan win in the state because 95 percent of the people in the state are with APC”, he said adding that the PDP-led Federal Government in the country has exposed Nigerians to untold hardship.

“We are battling with insecurity, sectional presidential behaviours, economic downturn especially in the North, lack of power and many others. And you are saying we should support PDP, no we won’t”, he said.

Reacting to a statement recently made by Shekarau while speaking to State House correspondents in Abuja shortly after his official defection to PDP that Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso is running a cult-like administration in Kano, Garba says, “with the transformation we are witnessing in Kano now, if cultism is responsible for it, I think it’s worth doing”.

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