In order to ensure the takeover of Kano State from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 elections, prominent leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have struck a power sharing agreement, DAILY ASSET can authoritatively report.
Leaders of the party, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Dr. Ibrahim Shekarau, both former Governors of the state and Alhaji Aminu Wali met in Abuja under the guidance of the national officers of the party to negotiate power sharing arrangement.
Although the three have always been arch political rivals in the volatile Kano politics, it was learnt that they agreed for the first time to work together towards attainment of the common objective to seize power from the APC.
As part of the agreement, Kwankwaso was allowed to produce the governorship candidate and Shekarau will produce the deputy, while Wali would produce the Secretary to State Government after the victory while the trio would be allowed to nominate some Commissioners into the state Executive Council.
Although Shekarau was initially opposed to Kwankwaso’s preferred candidate, he was said to have accepted after Kwankwaso gave a long justification of his choice, a source at the meeting told DAILY ASSET.
While Shekarau and Kwankwaso were permitted by the national secretariat to freely seek the Party’s presidential ticket, the latter’s request for automatic presidential ticket during the meeting was turned down.
“The party told Senator kwankwaso to join the presidential race and seek the ticket just like any other aspirant of the party.
“The party however, recognized his weight and stature in the party as a serving Senator and assured him that in the event he did not get the party’s presidential ticket, he would be allowed to pick his senatorial ticket to re-contest the seat,” the source further disclosed.
Since the agreement was reached about two weeks in Abuja, the PDP chapter in Kano has become more cohesive with supporters of the main gladiators working together in harmony.
The new found unity of the party is said to have worried the governor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje whose re-election bid appeared under threat with the array of forces against him and his party.
Ganduje, a source said reached out to Shekarua last week with an offer to allow him (Shekarau) produce the next Deputy Governor and in turn support his re-election bid. He also allegedly promised Shekarau other cabinet positions, the source said.
Shekarau was however, said to have turned down Ganduje’s offer preferring to remain in PDP to fight for the Party’s presidential ticket which has been zoned to the North for the 2019 elections.