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Just days after Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC), the former governor of Kano state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is reportedly under intense pressure to leave the party.

This is as political alignments continue ahead of the 2019 general election even though President Muhammadu Buhari is yet to declare any interest in re-election.

Daily Trust reports that the pressure for Kwankwaso to leave the APC comes from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The report quotes a credible source as saying that the PDP wants the former governor to return to the party which he belonged before defecting to the APC.

“I can remember that Senator Kwankwaso and some PDP bigwigs, including the party’s national chairman, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, and Abdul Ningi had met in Kaduna and Abuja respectively and discussed politics,” the source allegedly said.
“Kwankwaso came second to President Muhammadu Buhari during the APC’s primaries ahead of 2015 general elections and he has a towering image in many geo-political zones and therefore an asset for the PDP,” another source privy to the issue also said.

It was learnt that the PDP is also considering the chances of fielding Kwankwaso to make the 2019 presidential contest fierce should Buhari seek re-election.

The report added that the chairman of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin, who was asked to comment on the development, said in a text message: “Like Atiku, PDP will welcome Kwankwaso back to the party and all others who left are welcome.”

In his own position, the deputy ‎national publicity secretary of the PDP, Barrister Abdullahi Jalo, said it would be better for Kwankwaso to return to the party now.
Also speaking about the development, Alhaji Sharu Garba Gwammaja, a follower of the former governor, said: “I am in total support of Kwankwaso’s return to the PDP since from all indications he cannot get what he wants in the APC.

“He should, therefore, dump the party and the best political party he can join to play his politics perfectly is the PDP.”

There were initial reports that Dr Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso’s posters recently flooded Dutse, the capital of Jigawa state.

The report quoted Daily Sun as stating that residents of the northern town woke up to see posters and billboards with the inscription: ‘Kwankwaso for President 2019 Insha Allah’.

POLITICS

APC Reacts To Shehu Sani’s Resignation, Reveals Next Step

Peter Okunoren

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the resignation of one of its senators, Shehu Sani, from the party.

Senator Sani had announced his resignation in a letter addressed to his ward chairman in Kaduna state on Saturday over the prolonged crisis in the state chapter of the ruling party.

According to his letter, “I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer you my resignation from the APC.

“I had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realisation of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear.

“I joined in the belief that honour and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the party and most importantly, that internal democracy will always be the norm.”

Speaking on the development, APC in a terse statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said it was studying and relating all the facts before taking an appropriate action.

The statement read: “We received the news of the alleged defection of Senator Shehu Sani through media reports.

“The party leadership will relate with all the facts concerning the reported defection and react appropriately in due course.”

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Senator Shehu Sani Dumps APC

Peter Okunoren

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Following controversies that trailed the primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central) has resigned from the party, The Cable reports.

Sani has been at loggerheads with the Kaduna Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

The lawmaker sent his resignation letter to the chairman of the APC in ward 6, Tudun Wada north, Kaduna.

“I present to you my highest compliments and wish by this communication to formally offer to you my resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“l had joined the APC and remained with it against all odds in the belief that it will constitute a veritable platform for the realization of those democratic ideals which I hold very dear, that honor and integrity will be the ultimate ethos of the patty and, most importantly, that internal party democracy will always be the norm. However, only posterity can affirm the extent to which the APC has committed to and reflected these values.

“As I exit the APC at this point in time. I wish to formally thank the party for availing me the platform upon which I am currently serving this country in the honoured capacity of Senator of the Federal Republic.

“I wish the party well in all her future endeavors and ask sir, that you please accept the assurance of my highest considerations,” the letter read.

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No Way For Dapo Abiodun In Ogun, Akinlade Remains The Consensus Candidate — Amosun

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Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has described his reported support for the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state as false.

Amosun declared that he stands solidly behind the duly elected consensus candidate of the state APC, Hon. Adekunle Akinlade.

This was contained in a statement signed by the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Otunba Dayo Adeneye, and made available to reporters yesterday. The governor said he had followed with deep reflection and consternation, “the false and embarrassing reports in some sections of the media” that he had been prevailed upon by some party leaders in the state to support Abiodun.

According to him, the reports were nothing but another in a series of political propaganda to tarnish his image. He added that those behind the “unfounded rumours” are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Amosun implored political actors to be wary of statements that could demarket the state and reverse the enormous gains of the recent years. He said: “Those behind the unfounded rumours are doing so to heat up the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections. They are doing it on behalf of their paymasters for cheap political motives. It has become a routine of many political jobbers in Ogun State.

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