The former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, said on Wednesday the crisis in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was more institutional rather than a personal feud between him and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The ex-governor stated this when he featured in a Channels Television programme, Politics Today.
Shekarau dumped the APC for the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) headed by another former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Tuesday.
The former minister insisted that the crisis was caused by people who were power hungry.
Two factions loyal to Ganduje and Shekarau had been locked in a battle for the control of APC in the state.
The Federal Capital Territory High Court had in November last year handed over the control of APC in the state to Shekarau’s faction after nullifying the congresses supervised by Ganduje’s faction.
The governor’s faction later challenged the ruling at the Court of Appeal.
In a ruling delivered on February 17, the appellate court set aside the lower court’s ruling which recognised Shekarau’s faction as the authentic one in the state.
Dissatisfied with the ruling, the ex-governor’s faction approached the Supreme Court to resolve the matter.
And in a ruling delivered on May 6, the apex court upheld the appeal court’s ruling and handed over the control of APC to Ganduje’s faction.
The panel held that the appeal against the earlier judgments of the Court of Appeal in Abuja lacked merit and was dismissed.
Speaking on the mission of the NNPP in the State, he said: “The implication is that the NNPP is set to win, that’s simple. What is wrong with that politically? If you can calculate to win an election, that’s all about politics. You strategies to win an election.
“I’ll not be governor of Kano, Kwankwaso will not be governor of Kano. Exactly as leaders in Kano, our concern is to ensure stable and credible leadership in Kano that we will be proud of.
“So there is nothing wrong, if we vary our differences and get together. We will join hands together and make Kano great. I think that is a very welcome development.”
Shekarau stressed that he decided to join hands with Kwankwaso to give Kano good leadership, and restore its lost pride.
He boasted that the party has the backing of Kano people.
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