Hafizu Abubakar, a former deputy governor of Kano state, is among some top loyalists of Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso, who have dumped the opposition Peoples Democratic Party and returned to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abubakar, according to Premium Times, was a staunch supporter of Kwankwaso, who was a governor of Kano state. Abubakar had joined the APC after he resigned his position as deputy governor to the current governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, in August 2018.
Few weeks after joining the PDP, Abubakar had dumped the party and joined the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) when he could not get the PDP governorship ticket in Kano. The report quoted Abubakar’s spokesperson and the presidency as confirming the defection. Garba Shehu, the spokesperson to President Muhammadu Buhari, confirmed that the president had a meeting with Abubakar and other former Kwankwaso loyalists in Kano.
“In addition to Professor Hafiz, a staunch ally of Sen Rabiu Kwankwaso who resigned as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s deputy, the other returnees include a former managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Architect Aminu Dabo; the immediate past national treasurer, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa; security adviser to Kwankwaso, General Danjuma Dambazau (rtd); Engineer Mu’azu Magaji, all of them staunch members of the Kwankwasiyya as well as Senator Isa Zarewa who left in protest against the last primaries.
“They were led to the president by the Governor of Jigawa state, Abubakar Badaru,” Shehu said.
Reliable source earlier reported how the All Progressive Congress (APC) recently suffered loss of some key members after six legislators of the Kano state House of Assembly defected from its fold to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Another report also recently stated how more than 25,000 members of the Kwankwasiyya movement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Kano South joined the camp of the APC.