Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, the lawmaker representing Kano Central Senatorial District, has lamented how the Kano State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, sidelined him after he was begged to join the party.
During a conversation with some of his followers at his Kano residence on Wednesday, Shekarau, a former two-term governor of Kano State, accused Ganduje of factionalising the APC in Kano state and never carried him along in his political activities.
The federal lawmaker also accused Adams Oshiomhole, the former APC national chairman, of deceiving him to join the ruling party.
He said: “We feel that the party has crossed our line, that is why we reacted this way. We have been too patient, so that’s why we have taken this decision to show that being patient is not cowardice.
“We try to follow Ganduje as the leader because we believe in leadership but there are conditions. The conditions are that if the leader makes mistakes he should be corrected. We need internal democracy. He should listen to our advice and suggestions.
“The governor invited all party leaders of the country, including Adams Oshiomole, the national leader of the party then, to beg me to join APC. I told them to allow me to make consultations.
“Not long after I joined the party, the governor bought a nomination form for me and begged me to contest for Senatorial seat, I refused. In 2015, Senator Lado begged me to contest that he would step down for me, and I declined. Oshiomole and Ganduje begged me profusely to accept the offer to contest for senator, which I eventually obliged.
“The governor said he would follow me to submit the form to ensure that I submitted it at the national party secretariat. I presented my campaign schedule to Ganduje to 15 LGAs, but the governor said he will follow me for the campaign. He even invited the local government party chairmen to come to my residence to pay allegiance to me.
“But I also participated in his campaign. I followed him everywhere he went. After all these, from that time, I have never been involved in the party activities. Even some are suspecting me of sidelining them. I have totally been sidelined.
“In terms of appointment, Ganduje has never asked me to bring a candidate. The governor picked some members of my camp to give them appointments and I’m not jealous about that. I even advised them to be honest and obey their leader. I always ask my camp members to be good ambassadors.”
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