BY AMINU DANLADI in Kano
The Kano State Commissioner of Rural Development, Alhaji Musa Ilyasu Kwankwaso has said that, “Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will give the All Progressives Congress (APC) chance to win the 2019 elections in the state’’.
According to Senator Kwankwaso nephew, ‘’Many peoples will leave the PDP because of the Kwankwaso’s defection. He wanted to control everybody and I believed that within the next one month, so many peoples will quit the party for APC”.
“Kwankwaso’s defection to PDP is a blessing to APC all in Kano including President Buhari. APC will clearly win the 2019 because the state has thrown out bad eggs from its fold’’.
Recalled that the city of Kano erupted in jubilation on Tuesday when the news broke that the former governor of the state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Kwankwaso, a serving senator representing Kano Central along with 14 other senators announced their defection in a letter read on the floor of the Senate by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki.
However, the announcement sparked wild jubilation in some places in the commercial city, as thousands of Kwankwaso’s supporters defied heavy downpour to celebrate what they described as ‘’ welcome development’’, in an open fanfare.
A Kwankwaso supporter, who identified himself as Ibrahim Maigari said, “I have been waiting for this day. Today I am the happiest person because we have been liberated from political persecution”.
He said “This is true democracy, democracy is to allow anybody exercise his right’’.
A popular woman politician in Kano, Hauwa Muhammad, known for her loyalty to Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau’s PDP camp, said she is happy with the defection of Kwankwaso to PDP.
According to her, the ruling APC had failed to fulfil its campaign promises, adding that, “the APC-led government had made the life of a common Nigerian a miserable one.”
Speaking further, Mrs Mohammed said, “Look at how people are killed in Zamfara, Taraba and Plateau states. Kidnapping is on the rise. All problems are not addressed. With the defection of giant politicians like Kwankwaso, I’m optimistic that PDP would return to power in 2019 to revamp this ailing economy and better the life of Nigerians”.