The former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has threatened to leave the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) if the interests of his allies are not guaranteed in the party.
This threat was made to the leadership of the party in order to forestall the removal of any of the Kwankwasiyya movement from the list of its aspirants.
Recall that Kwankwaso had held primaries for various elective offices in Kano which were allegedly won by his chosen aspirants, leaving aside other PDP members.
A source within the party confirmed yesterday that the former governor sounded the warning of leaving the party during a meeting held at Legacy House, Abuja.
The meeting, which began at 3 pm and ended around 5 pm, was attended by many PDP stakeholders including Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Aminu Wali among others.
According to the source, the meeting was organised to review the list of aspirants from Kano State. The Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa-led faction of the PDP had also conducted its primaries where candidates emerged for various offices.
It was gathered that in order to have a unified house, the Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) brought together all the contending factions with a view to having a win-win situation.
The source said, “Kwankwaso told the gathering that any move to remove any member of Kwankwasiyya from the aspirants’ list will lead to his defection from PDP.
“However, the Doguwa-led faction also threatened to dump the party if the leadership failed to review the list of aspirants.
“The meeting ended in a deadlock. Neither Kwankwaso nor Doguwa faction agreed to accept the terms offered by the leadership of the party”.
The leadership of the party is trying to reconcile the aggrieved members and resolved that the national and state assemblies slots be shared 50-50 between the Kwankwaso and Doguwa factions of the party.
He added that when the meeting reached its peak with no sign of success, the party’s presidential flag bearer and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, sent a former minister of Aviation, Osita Benjamin Chidoka, to intervene on his behalf.
The efforts of Chidoka was to no avail and the meeting ended without yielding any positive result.