Shekarau and Kwankwaso team up against Ganduje in Kano

Following the formal defection of former Kano State Governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), political alignment in the state took a different shape, TheTide’s source reports.
Shekarau, the senator representing Kano Central, picked up his NNPP membership card in his Giginyu neighborhood on Wednesday after several days of back and forth over the defection.
NNPP national leader and presidential aspirant Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, also a former governor of Kano state, was among the Kano political bigwigs who were present at the event to welcome Shekarau into the NNPP. ; a union that some political analysts have described as a marriage of convenience.
Our source further reports that Kwankwaso personally handed over Shekarau’s membership card, also in the presence of the Shura Council, the highest decision-making body in Shekarau’s political structure.
This is the first time that Shekarau and Kwankwaso will run in the general election as members of the same party, and with both considered two of the three most powerful politicians in the state, their alignment is seen as a game changer. .
Given that the crisis within Kano APC led to the emergence of the G-7 faction led by Shekarau in late 2021, observers had predicted that as long as the crisis remained to be resolved through the court system where only one winner would emerge , it is impossible to have Shekarau and the current governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in the same party in 2023.
This prediction became evident days before the Supreme Court decided the issue in favor of Governor Ganduje, as Shekarau reportedly said that if the Supreme Court decision did not favor them (G-7), they would stop at the famous fruits. Yan Lemo. ‘market at the entrance to Kano. The badge of the new fast-growing NNPP is a fruit variety.
After the judgment of the Supreme Court, many politicizations took place, most of them in the middle of the night, to negotiate peace between Ganduje and Shekarau and convince the latter to reverse his decision to leave the APC, but not all of them served nothing because the two parties could not agree on the demands made on each other.
But before Shekarau’s official defection, some other G-7 members had all defected to the NNPP and were seen at the forefront convincing Shekarau to join them in the new party as well.
Prior to this string of defections, at least 17 Kano State Assembly members had left the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and APC to join the NNPP.
All of these defections, which culminated in Shekarau’s decision on Wednesday, have now changed the permutations and political alignment in Kano State ahead of the 2023 general election.
Political analysts have observed that before the emergence and sudden growth of the NNPP, the PDP was hitherto seen as the main opposition to Kano and was expected to provide formidable competition to the APC in 2023 as it did in 2019.
But with the party (PDP) embroiled in its own leadership issue between the camps of its chairman, Shehu Sagagi (a Kwankwasiyya movement loyalist) and that of a former foreign minister, Aminu Wali, the party continued to struggle. to put his house in order.
In 2019, when the opposition (PDP) was on the verge of victory before the election was declared inconclusive, the party drew its main strength from Kwankwaso and his Kwankwasiyya movement, which gathered support and votes for its then candidate, Abba Yusuf (popularly known as Abba Gida-Gida) against Ganduje.
Unlike in 2019 when Governor Ganduje had Shekarau’s support to defeat his major challenger, Yusuf, the 2023 governor’s candidate will not only not be able to call on Shekarau’s support but will now have to fight against the NNPP’s joint force, filled mainly by politicians who felt despised by him (Ganduje) and APC.
Recall that APC stakeholders led by Ganduje had endorsed the current Deputy Governor, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna and the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Sule-Garo, to clinch the joint ticket of governor and vice-governor of the party.
This decision was one of the developments that led to the mass exodus of APC bigwigs, especially from Kano South to the NNPP.
Kano South is believed to be at the center of the permutations of all sides in Kano, and the battle should come from this axis, especially with the latest alignment.
Alhassan Rurum, who is currently a member of the House of Representatives for Rano/Kibiya/Bunkure, was among those hoping to land the APC governor’s ticket before it was handed over to Gawuna, and he was basing his ambition on the fact that his area (Kano South) has not produced a governor or deputy since 1992.
Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, former legislative aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, is also targeting the Kano South senatorial ticket, currently held by Senator Kabiru Gaya. It is even then that the former budget and planning commissioner, Nura Dankadai, plans to overthrow the parliamentary leader, Alhassan Doguwa, as Doguwa/Tudunwada’s representative in the green chamber.
The ambition of Dankadai, who is seen as a major local mobilizer in south Kano, could also change permutations at the federal level for APC, as the Doguwa is believed to be set to become the Speaker of the House of Representatives in 2023. .
Elsewhere in northern Kano, recent peace talks between Ganduje and Senator Barau Jibrin, another G-7 leader, appear to have eased tension in the axis, especially as it has been reported that the governor had agreed to resign from his senatorial mandate. ambition for Barau’s return to the red room. Barau was a favorite for the seat of governor until Gawuna’s endorsement. He later gave up his ambition for governor.
But there are still fears within the APC that unless the party is able to resolve the animosity between Barau and Sule-Garo (the anointed Deputy Governor aspirant), the party could still implode, especially with talks of discontent in the Sule-Garo camp over the peace talks between Ganduje and Barau.
In Kano Central, Senator Bashir Lado, Abdulkarim A. Zaura and lawyer Ismaeel Ahmed, all in the governor’s camp, are expected to test their popularity in the party primaries to see who will face NNPP’s Shekarau for the Senate seat.
Central Kano has always been seen as a stronghold of Kwankwasiyya while North and South Kano belong to Governor Ganduje and the APC as evidenced by the 2019 elections. However, many observers see the Kwankwaso/ Shekarau and the recent high-profile defection to the NNPP from South Kano as a serious threat that could lead to the defeat of the ruling APC.
But some APC insiders believe that Ganduje’s reconciliation with Senator Barau of Kano North and the fact that Gawuna is from Kano Central and the occupation factor will help them retain Nigeria’s most populous state.
Commenting, Dr. Aminu Hayatu, a political analyst and senior lecturer in the Department of Political Science, Bayero University, Kano, (BUK), is of the opinion that even though the union of Kwankwaso and Shekarau has changed the political alignment and permutations in Kano, the real challenge will come after the party primaries or soon after the party retains power.
He said, “His NNPP is undoubtedly an alternative force that has the promise of neutralizing the arrogance of the ruling party, mainly in Kano, and the incompetence of the PDP as a supposed opposition.
“But Kwankwaso’s main dilemma is that most of those who defect to the NNPP are just after what they can personally win elective posts and party appointments.”
Hayatu therefore believes that while the NNPP has the potential to “capture power at least in Kano and a few northern states perhaps, but it can, if not careful, run into post- victories resulting from different types of grievances”.

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