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JUST IN: Ganduje bows to pressure, dumps senatorial ambition

Governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje has withdrawn his 2023 senatorial ambition over the heightening crises in the state’s All Progressive Congress (APC) which is under his leadership.

According to reports, Ganduje who had earlier purchased senatorial form to contest in oncoming primaries dumped his ambtion for Senator Barau Jibrin representing the Kano North Senatorial Zone.

Kano APC, of recent has witnessed massive defection due to some politics being played by the incumbent governor who is the leader of the party in the state.

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Within the last few weeks, the party has lost over 10 bigwigs who defected from the party to join the new but fast growing New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP led by the former Kano State Governor, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

Those who decamped from the party include Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s Chief of Staff, Ali Makoda and the Director General, Tinubu Support Groups, Abdulmumini Jibrin (former member representing Bebeji/Kiru Federal Constituency and Chairman House Committee on Appropriation during the controversial budget padding).

Others include former Speaker, Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, a House of Representatives member for Tofa/Dawakin Tofa/Rimingado Constituency, Abdulkadir Jobe and a former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari on Legislative affairs, Kawu Sumaila.

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Former governor and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial district, Ibrahim Shekarau had also made attempt quit the party.

Ganduje in order to safe the face of the party under his leadership was said to have held a meeting with Sen. Jibrin and other top APC members in Abuja where an agreement was made to let go of his ambition for peace to reign in the party.

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Sen Jibrin was reported to have insisted that he would not dump APC even as his gubernatorial ambition has been blocked by Ganduje.

It was also agreed in the meeting that some big wigs in the party will now have rooms to have their ways to reduce massive defection from the party.

Confirming this development, the party’s state Secretary Zakari Sarina said there has been tangible agreement at high levels.

“Yes there were tangible understandings between the duo and soon everybody will know this position” he said.

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