Former Kano State Governor and Senator representing Kano Central, Ibrahim Shekarau has reacted to the trending rumours about his defection.
There were reports that Shekarau had concluded plans to dump the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Shekarau was the presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria People’s Party in 2011 and one of the leaders of the party in the alliance talks with the leaders of the other legacy parties that resulted in the formation of the APC in 2013.
As a founding member of the APC, he had moved to the NNPP with thousands of his supporters on May 18, following a disagreement with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State over the leadership of the party in the state.
But there was a disagreement between him and the national leadership of the NNPP and its presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, over power sharing formula.
He said, “You see, various groups and people are making contacts with him; he has met with Peter Obi who visited him. Kashim Shettima has visited him. Atiku Abubakar has visited him twice and now Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is visiting him.
“So, we are collating all proposals after which we will sit down and analyse and then pick a position.
“So, the meeting with Tinubu does not mean he is returning to the APC, not at all.”
When asked of the reason for Tinubu’s visit to Shekarau, Yau said it was politics.
“An elder statesman like him (Tinubu); if he says he wants to see you, will you say no? But certainly, it has to do with politics. Tinubu’s running mate, Kashim Shettima, was in Shekarau’s house. Peter Obi was at his house and Atiku invited him for a meeting.
“This is not the first time Tinubu is meeting with Shekarau. There was a time he sent an aircraft to Kano to pick him, and he had sent another aircraft to pick him to Abuja in the past.
“So, it is not something new that they are meeting with Tinubu. Remember also that they were colleagues when serving as governors.”
Shekarau in a statement on Tuesday however said no concrete decision has been reached about any possible defection.
He urged members of the public to wait and hear from him before jumping to conclusions about his political movements.
Shekarau promised to make his decision known this week.