Shekarau’s Shura Council rejects overtures to dump NNPP for PDP
The highest decision making body of Senator Ibrahim Shekarau’s political structure, the Shura Consultative Assembly has rejected overtures from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the two time Kano State governor to defect to the party.
At a meeting held on Sunday, August 14, 2022 at Shekarau’s Mundubawa residence, in Kano, that lasted over five hours to consider the issue among other things trashed out, the idea of leaving the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) despite the party Presidential flag-bearer, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso allegedly not fulfilling agreement he had with Malam Ibrahim Shekarau before defecting to the party recently, a very reliable source confirmed to Solacebase on Tuesday.
‘’You know Malam Shekarau hardly take any political decision without consulting the Shura Council,’’ the Source informed Solacebase.
An online paper, Daily Nigerian had reported planned move to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party barring any last minute change by Malam Ibrahim Shekarau.
According to the paper, credible sources familiar with Mr Shekarau’s moves and separate meetings with the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar; his running-mate Ifeanyi Okowa and; the national chairman of the party, Iyochia Ayu, said the former governor had “reached a deal” with the PDP and is expected to formally announce his defection soon.
The paper gathered that a 21-member committee will meet on Tuesday (today) at 4pm to finalise the defection arrangements and ways to manage public criticisms that may trail Mr Shekarau’s unexpected political detour.
A source familiar with the meeting said as part of the exit plans, the presidential candidate of PDP Atiku Abubakar will come to Mr Shekarau’s Mundubawa residence to “woo” him before the formal announcement.
“The truth is that Atiku has made some mouth-watering offers such as ministerial and parastatal slots to Mallam. This is in addition to appointing him as the North West campaign coordinator and in charge of campaign finances in the region,” Solacebase source said.
However, confirming the discussion with the PDP Presidential Flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, a close associate of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau told Solacebase that the major opposition party and others have been in discussion with Malam Shekarau to leave the NNPP.
‘’You see I have to be very honest with you the top echelon of the PDP at the national level have been pestering Malam to dump the NNPP and pitch tent with the PDP considering his personality and the strong followers he controls so as for the Wazirin Adamawa led party to win the 2023 general elections,’’ the source said.
‘’It is not a lie that Malam is not fairly treated by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso as most of the things promised him before defection were not fulfilled.’’
” Apart from the automatic Senate ticket given to Shekarau by the NNPP, all other issues discussed and assured before the defection were not fulfilled.”
‘’ You will be surprise that the pressure for Malam Shekarau, the Senator representing Kano Central at the National Assembly to join PDP are even coming from many former Nigerian leaders who wants the success of the PDP at the 2023 general elections.’’
Speaking on the development, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau’s media aide, Dr. Sule Ya’u Sule said any news concerning his principal political movement should be disregarded.
Sule said in a post on a WhatsApp post in a group that a detailed position of Malam Shaekarau on the issue will be made public within the week.