In 2014, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the then governor of Kano State vied for the APC presidential ticket. He lost to Muhammadu Buhari, who not only became the APC flagbearer, but went on to win the general elections by defeating the incumbent president.
Meanwhile Kwankwaso emerged as the APC candidate for Kano Central Senatorial zone. He also defeated an incumbent PDP senator, Basheer Garba Mohammed by a margin of more than 500,000 votes to become the senator representing Nigeria’s largest senatorial constituency.
Since 2015 however, Kwankwaso’s star in the APC has dimmed. His tug of war with his former deputy, and now Kano Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje, coupled with the seeming cold shoulder he has received from Buhari has led to speculations that he would defect to the PDP before the next general election.
To add more fuel to that line of thought, the man who Kwankwaso defeated in 2015, Sen. Mohammed on Saturday defected to the APC, and was received by the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje. It is unlikely that both Kwankwaso and Mohammed will belong to the APC at the same time as the latter still harbors hopes of returning to the Senate.
Pres. Buhari wrote a letter to Sen. Mohammed expressing delight at his decision to defect to the APC with his supporters.
“I would have very much welcomed another opportunity to be in Kano (for the declaration) but due to a conflict of engagements, I am due on that day in Addis Ababa for an important African Union meeting which was scheduled months ago,” Pres. Buhari wrote in the letter he personally signed.
The president said he was hopeful that “I shall have the pleasure of welcoming you to the Presidential Villa in the near future.”
Other dignitaries at the event included the governors of Adamawa and Nigerians states, several senators and APC chieftains.
Read President Buhari’s letter below and some photos from the event: