Former Kano State Governor, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, is adopting a strategy which he and some other governors in the PDP successfully utilised before the 2015 elections.
At that time, some aggrieved PDP governors (Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto, Sule Lamido of Jigawa, Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Babangida Aliyu of Niger, Murtala Nyako of Adamawa and Kwankwaso) met several times with with the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC). Eventually five of the seven governors defected, with only Aliyu and Lamido opting to remain in the PDP.
Kwankwaso has begun similar moves again as the nation heads to another election in 2019. This time however, he is going solo.
On Monday, the former governor who now represents Kano Central in the National Assembly, paid a visit to the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, at the Government House in Ado Ekiti on Monday. The visit came just 48 hours after a similar visit to another PDP chieftain, Atiku Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president, who recently rejoined the PDP after spending over three years in the APC.
Details of the meeting between Fayose and Kwankwaso were not made public, but the two men after the meeting called for the credible and peaceful conduct of the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
A press release by Fayose’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said Kwankwaso, who is currently in the Senate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, addressed the Northern community residents in the state.
He urged them to live in peace with their hosts and exercise their civic duties during the election.
He said elections should not be seen as a war, but that the votes of the people must count.
“Kwankwaso also decried the spate of killings in some parts of the country, noting that it was the responsibility of the government to secure the lives and property of the citizens,” the statement said.
Asked whether he would defect to the Peoples Democratic Party, the former Minister of Defence said whatever was collectively agreed upon by members of the New PDP would inform his next line of action.