‘My Diferences with Kwankwaso will Soon Come to an End’ – Shekarau
The former Kano State governor Ibrahim Shekarau yesterday in Kano declared that the leadership tussle of the APC in the state between him and incumbent governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso will soon come to an end, saying he was ready to make peace.
Shekarau, who dropped the hint at his Mundubawa residence in Kano, when the 44 local government chairmen and secretaries of the defunct ANPP paid him a solidarity visit, yesterday, said that he was ready to enter into dialogue with Kwankwaso, but on condition that it would be at a neutral ground.
“I am ready to offer myself to resolve the lingering leadership crisis of APC in the state. I have no ill feelings or grudge against any member of the party, but what I am demanding is justice, whereby all members of the party are given equal opportunity so that the party can move forward and wrest power from PDP in 2015,” he said. The former governor said that if such dialogue must be held, it should not be at Kano Government House and would be held among the interim chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, Governor Kwankwaso, and himself.
Shekarau recalled how he worked assiduously for the merger of the legacy parties to materialize.
“I headed the 21-man ANPP committee, shuttling between Kano to Abuja for six months during the merger process; at the end of it, the party seems to be creating disharmony among its members,” he said.
The spokesman of the 44 local government chairmen and secretaries of the defunct ANPP, Alhaji Mukhtari Bagudu, said they had come to support whatever decision the former governor wished to take in respect of the lingering APC leadership tussle in the state.
Meanwhile Shekarau said that there was no ‘agreement’ between the five Peoples Democratic Party governors that defected to the APC and his party to make them leaders of the party in their various states.
Shekarau, on a Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Kaduna’s Hausa programme, Hanu da yawa monitored in the state capital, said there was no existing agreement with the G-5 governors and the leadership of the APC to become automatic leaders of the party in their states.
He challenged the leadership of the APC to produce such an agreement, saying that the governors could not lead the party in the states.
He said, “I challenged our northern APC chairman Bello Masari to tell us the time, date and at what meeting it was agreed that the said state governors should be made chairmen of the party in their states. Is it at a meeting of 35 party members which was never held or was it at a meeting of party elders?
“Our National Chairman, Bisi Akande, only went with a few APC governors to meet with some PDP leaders and now they are talking of an agreement. Let him (Masari) provide the copy of the said agreement to newsmen to enable the public to know the content of the agreement and where it was agreed upon.”
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