Former Kano State Governor and Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso on Tuesday reportedly defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).This comes one year after the APC leadership in Kano State initiated moves to suspend Kwankwaso over what it called anti-party activities.
The former presidential aspirant was said to have left the party, along with 10 Kano lawmakers. Kano state APC Chairman Haruna Doguwa, had said Kwankwaso allegedly exhibited actions capable of compromising the party’s unity.
Earlier on Monday, a chieftain of the PDP in Kano, Alhaji Musa Iliyasu, said Kwankwaso was set to return to the party.
Iliyasu added that reliable sources confirmed to him that Kwankwaso had been contacting the national body of the PDP about his return to the party.
“I heard from reliable sources that the former governor is planning to dump APC for another party before the 2019 general elections and most likely he is coming back to PDP,” he had told Daily Trust.
But in his reaction, the APC state chairman, Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa had dismissed the suggestion.
“It is not true. Kwankwaso has no plan to dump APC.
“It is just mere speculations by some politicians that are envious of his political progress.
“Similar thing was said of Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the former education minister, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau,” he said.
Meanwhile, Kwankwaso, has also come out to debunk the media reports.
While addressing the media last night through his former Commissioner for State Affairs, Aminu AbdulSalam Gwarzo, he claimed the story of his alleged defection was a rumour peddled by disgruntled politicians whose ship is sinking and who wish to attract public attention.
senator Kwankwaso who is currently representing Kano Central senatorial district on the platform APC, maintained he remains a bona fide member of the APC.
He said: “I have no intention of leaving APC. It is rumour by politicians whose ship is sinking; Politicians who have lost relevance and they want to be relevant by making reckless and baseless statements.
“Kwankwaso remains a bona-fide member of the APC and as a senior stakeholder for that matter who is commanding respect within the rank and file of the APC and even beyond.