– There had been rumour that Rabiu Kwankwaso has returned to PDP – Kwankwaso is reportedly one of the top northern leaders eyeing the presidency in 2019 – The news of his alleged defection is causing some fear in the All Progressives Congress There is palpable anxiety in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) following the rumoured defection of Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). It was learnt that the PDP had been speaking with Kwankwaso to return to its fold and were anxiously waiting for his next move. The Nation reports that Kwankwaso confirmed on Tuesday that he was still in the APC.
The report quoted top sources in the APC as getting uncomfortable as the rumour spread that he had moved to the PDP. It quoted an APC leader as saying: “We were all shocked by the news of Kwankwaso’s exit from APC because Kano State was strategic to our victory in 2015. “We have not been able to get in touch with the ex-governor, but we have doubts on the veracity of the news in some media.
“We know that Kwankwaso is a straightforward politician, he does not take action through the backdoor. “We are however trying to establish contact with him to know the truth.” The source added: “The party is no doubt aware of a disagreement between the ex-governor and some APC leaders, especially his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje. “The leadership of APC has been doing its best to resolve the intra-party crisis. And in fairness, Kwankwaso has been cooperating with the party.” The report also quoted a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC as saying: “We have been receiving enquiries from our leaders on Kwankwaso.
“We believe that some elements somewhere were flying a kite to create a crisis in our party. We suspect desperation on the part of some PDP elements. “We don’t know why the opposition is interested in defection of APC leaders. Are they short of credible leaders and trying to poach some in APC?”