Former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, has officially declared his intention to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as he hosted the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and the Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, at his residence at Mundubawa Avenue, Kano.
Oshiomhole described Shekarau’s return to the APC, a party he left for PDP before 2015 general election, as a reunion of progressive politicians.
It is believed that Shekarau recent defection to the APC is because of the recent defection of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to the PDP where he will seek for ticket to contest the 2019 presidential election against Buhari.
“In any union, it is real progressives that reunite when conservatives run away. In my estimation, you are above many many when it comes to progressive ideas in this country,” the APC chairman said.
“You didn’t participate in the formation of APC for yourself alone, you did participate for the development of the country of which we share similar thinking along that line.
“I am extremely happy to be here, visiting a long time comrade who also believes in the Nigeria project. I know your views on social policies and economic approach for the development of the country,” Oshiomhole said.
“This is the beginning of the reunion of progressive minds who believe in the development of our dear nation. We are here also to do more for the development of our country,” he added.
Ganduje who was also at Shekarau’s residence with other Kano State APC leaders, two senators from Kano, and members of the National House of Representatives and State House of Assembly, said they came to reunite for the betterment of Nigeria.
“We are here to reunite ourselves for the betterment of our nation, to reunite relationship between Shekarau and APC. This relationship has come to stay.”
“We are all bureaucrats. We have always been friends. I am the happiest person for Shekarau to be in the same political party with me. We all believe in the development of the country,” the governor said.
“You are one of the founding members of this party, the APC. But we know you left the party because of some issues that were caused by some hypocritical minds around the former governor (Rabiu) Kwankwaso,” Ganduje added.
Shekarau thanked the leadership of the APC and the Governor of Kano State for the visit which he described as friendly.
“I sincerely thank you Mr Chairman and the governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, for this friendly and political visit. I assure you that we will remain as one,” he stated.
“It is history that is repeating itself here. I have a singular honour of being the chief midwife of the APC.”
“Since when I left, I have good relationship with Governor Ganduje and his people. Due to my training and tradition, we don’t look down on people with disdain.”
“We share many things in common, like sincerity of purpose and morality in political activities,” he said.