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YBTC NEWS—After earlier refuting claims that he has decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau had yesterday officially decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) during a meeting with some APC stalwarts in Kano.
The image of Shekarau, the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole and Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje circulated the media space yesterday to mark the reunion of Shekarau with the APC.
It can be recalled that Shekarau was one of the founding members of the APC but left the party for the PDP during the eve of Goodluck Jonathan administration. Mallam Shekarau was humbly welcomed in the PDP and was appointed minister of Education.
Now, the political brouhaha surrounding Shekarau’s change of nest seems obvious. Mallam Shekarau who is reportedly nursing a Presidential ambition may not find it easy in APC. In fact, it seems impossible for Shekarau to contest the APC primaries alongside President Muhammad Buhari.
Considering the loyalty of party members to President Buhari, Shekarau cannot even dream of contesting against the most ‘sellable’ candidate the APC has. And, if Shekarau should rub shoulders with Buhari definitely his name will be listed amongst those antagonising the moves of the President.
Again, it is also obvious that Mallam Shekarau, a former Kano state governor does not want to be in the same umbrella with his predecessor and at the same time successor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso. Shekarau was comfortably wining and dining in the PDP despite the fact that they are no longer in office, but suddenly after Kwankwaso’s arrival he began ‘consultations’ to leave the umbrella party.
Apparently, Shekarau doesn’t want to share the same shade with his predecessor. Like a game of hide and seek, Mallam Shekarau is running away from Kwankwaso. This shows that the Nigerian political landscape isn’t about ideology or common man interest but rather for personal interest and favours.
In the same vein, could it be that Shekarau is seeking asylum? According to a report by Premium Times of 7th September, 2018, Mallam Shekarau is alleged to have stolen a whooping sum of 950 million naira meant for campaigns for the 2015 elections.
The allegation was that Shekarau also ‘ate’ part of the Dasuki arms money. Mallam Shekarau is still being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). So, could his political transfer save him?
Moving forward, one key thing to look into is that it will be hard for Shekarau to have the supremacy he needs. Governor Ganduje has parted ways with his former boss, Kwankwaso because of power tussle. The question of who controls the party in Kano is another goosebump for this reunion. Shekarau may want to be at the top whilst the sitting governor may also want to be the party supremo in the state.
Furthermore, it is important to note that despite his antagonistic movement against Buhari who Kano people have countlessly voted for, Kwankwaso is much more politically powerful than Mallam Shekarau. If Kwankwaso can boast of supporters in the country am not sure if Shekarau can counter “the red capist” movement’s founder.
Also, Shekarau may find it very difficult to come out and say ‘I will deliver Kano for Buhari’.This is because Mallam Shekarau was one of those that campaigned against Buhari during the 2015 elections.
As Shekarau ‘re-align’ himself as an APC member today, let’s see what he may be rewarded with. Would he be appointed as a Minister also like in the former administration?
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