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Why I defected to NNPP – Shekarau

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has explained his reasons for defecting from the All Progressives Congress, APC, to the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP.

Addressing a news conference in Kano on Wednesday, Mr Shekarau said he left the APC because the leadership of the party in the state failed to fulfil its promises of carrying alongside his supporters in the scheme of things.

He said that he would seek re-election to the Senate on the NNPP platform.

“In spite of our immeasurable contributions , our members were dismayed by lack of  corresponding appreciation and reciprocal gesture by the state leadership.

“As loyal party members and conscious of our shared obligations as residents and indigenes of Kano state, to render to the administration the required advisory and support to succeed, we persevered and continued to explore avenues to reach out to the government.

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“It is regrettable to state that all our efforts are subtly blocked and often turned down.

“Against this sordid background, our members noted that such incidents were assuming the form of a rule rather than exception and expressed the shared concern that it seemed to be a deliberate scheme to isolate and exclude  my supporters and other political associates by the APC and the state government,” he said.

Mr Shekarau said that the state congresses of the party were not conducted in line with the stipulated guidelines.


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