In order to avert major upset ahead of the 2019 general elections, the national leadership of the People’s Democratic
Party (PDP) has resolved to expand the Kano State
Caretaker Committee to accommodate all interests in
line with its adherence to the principles of all-
The party had, on Friday, dissolved the executive
committee of the Kano chapter and set up a
caretaker committee to run the affairs of the chapter.
The action was perceived as tilting the balance in
favour of immediate past governor of the state,
Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso who in July, dumped the
ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP.
Apparently piqued by the action of the party’s
leadership, another former governor of the state,
Ibrahim Shekarau had threatened to defect from the
PDP, as the party structure in the state was removed
from his loyalists.
However, in a deft move to avert Shekarau’s
defection, the PDP Tuesday quickly reversed some of
its decisions concerning the chapter.
Shekarau and Kwankwaso are both presidential
aspirants of the PDP.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan,
the PDP said it’s open to opinions and suggestions
from stakeholders in ensuring reconciliation and
accommodation for all interests within its fold in the
state, “so as to ensure good governance to the
people of the state”.
The statement said, “The National Working
Committee (NWC) assures that no stone will be left
unturned in the overall quest to bring good
governance to Kano state, while putting in place
machinery to hedge the infiltration of fifth columnists
into the party’s fold in the state.
“The party leadership further assures of its
preparedness to engage with all stakeholders in Kano
provided all matters in court against the party are
withdrawn, as all members work together to build a
united PDP that can confront and send out
incompetent and insensitive people in governance in
Kano state and Nigeria at large.
“Furthermore, the NWC urges all stakeholders to
always emulate our members in Benue state in the
way and manner they united to resolve all issues
concerning party structures of their state”.
It is not yet clear whether Shekarau group has been pacified to remain in the fold.