KANO, NIGERIA. Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, today, reportedly defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, it was gathered, defected with 10 Kano State lawmakers.
His defection may not be unconnected with his ordeals in the APC. Rabiu Kwankwaso has been at loggerheads with his successor, Umar Ganduje.
Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso
Rabiu Kwankwaso also claims that Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida plan to endorse him for President in 2019.
This is what Rabiu Kwankwaso posted on his social media page:
“Ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, and former Military Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida, have concluded plans to adopt the former Governor of Kano State and serving Senator, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as a replacement for President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of 2019, Post-Nigeria gathered from the News Telegraph report.
Recall, that Kwankwaso came second place in the All Progressives Congress, APC, primaries, in 2015, while former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, came behind him in the 3rd position.
The decision was as a result of the failing health of Buhari, who is currently now out of the country, for a follow-up medical consultation, in faraway United Kingdom, UK.
However, there is palpable tension in the North, who fears that the region might find itself in the same boat as they did, in the lead up to the death of former President, Umaru Yar’Adua, in 2010.
It was gathered from highly placed sources, that it was the 2019 Presidential debate that prompted the meeting between Obasanjo, Babangida, and Abdulsalami Abubakar, in Minna, recently.”
In March last year, the leadership of the APC in Kano chapter had initiated moves to suspend Rabiu Kwankwaso over what it termed anti-party activities.