By Ismail Mudashir
Former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has given the go-ahead to his supporters to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his nephew, Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, has said.
Reacting to the report that pressure was being mounted on Kwankwaso to decamp, he said it was Kwankwaso that was ready to decamp to the PDP for the actualisation of his presidential ambition since he could not achieve it in the APC.
Daily Trust had exclusively reported that big wigs in the PDP were mounting pressure on the former governor, who came second in the last presidential primaries of the APC, to decamp.
Iliyasu Kwankwaso, who is the Commissioner for Special Duties in Kano State, said already, Kwankwaso had asked his supporters to join the PDP.
“Already, he has given the go-ahead to his supporters to join the PDP in Kano State so that they can contest in the forthcoming local government election in the state. But what I can assure him is that the APC will win all the 44 local governments because of the growing supporters’ base of Governor Ganduje.
“It was because of Kwankwaso that the chairman of the PDP was thrown out of office because they wanted to hand over the party structures to him ahead of his defection,” he also claimed.
“They want to use red caps to cause confusion during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit next month. We will not allow that because Kano people are for Buhari all the time,” he said.
When asked by Daily Trust in June, whether he was contemplating dumping the APC, Kwankwaso said: “I think we should think positive. We are taking the negative side now. It is just like me asking you: ‘If your employers do this or that, would you leave your place of work?’
“We should think positive; it depends on how you put it. We are happy now in the APC, we are comfortable with our leaders in Abuja and they have not done anything wrong,” he said then.
In August, the news about his defection was widely posted on the social media.