Shekarau disowns aide, denies leaving PDP

A former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has refuted a claim by his spokesman, Sule Ya’u, that he has defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC).

In an audio clip repeatedly aired on some radio stations in Kano on Tuesday, Shekarau, a presidential aspirant, said he is still making consultations with his political associates on the next line of action.

He said his followers know he has a tradition of consulting political associates before taking any critical decision, and will make his position known to the public, himself, at an appropriate time.

He therefore appealed to his followers to remain calm, and wait further direction.

On Monday, Ya’u told BBC Hausa that his boss has dumped the PDP due to the dissolution of Kano PDP state executives and formation of a caretaker committee under Rabiu Bichi, former Secretary to Kano State Government and a close political associate of Rabiu Kwankwaso, another presidential candidate and ex-governor of the state.

Following the dissolution of the Mas’ud Doguwa-led executive, the members obtained an interim court judgement setting aside its dissolution.

Meanwhile, perhaps as a move to placate some of the parties, the PDP has resolved to expand the caretaker committee to accommodate all interests “in line with its adherence to the principles of all-inclusiveness.”

The party made this known in a statement on Tuesday signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.

The party in its statement said it is open to opinions and suggestions from party members in ensuring reconciliation and accommodation for all interests within its fold in the state.

The NWC assured no stone will be left unturned in the overall quest to bring good governance to Kano State.