Ali Makoda, who was until Friday the Chief of Staff to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
He confirmed this to Daily Trust via a text message on Saturday.
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He is the latest bigwig of the APC in Kano to join the fast rising NNPP.
Meanwhile, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano State has shunned an invitation to resolve the crisis between him and Ganduje.
Daily Trust had reported how a private jet was dispatched to Kano to ferry Ganduje and Shekarau to Abuja so as to finally reconcile the duo and stop the planned defection of Shekarau to NNPP.
It was gathered that while Shekarau was planning to depart his Mudunbawa Kano residence for the airport in the midnight, he got feelers that it was not President Muhammadu Buhari or the presidency that called for the meeting.
The meeting, according to sources familiar with the development, was discovered to be organised by the national Chairman of APC, Abdullahi Adamu, and some APC governors.
This development, it was gathered, proved to Shekarau that there was no sincerity in the reconciliation process and led him to shelve the plan to attend.
Similarly, it was gathered that the national leader of the NNPP, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, as well as other former bigwigs of APC who joined NNPP on Friday like a former speaker of the state assembly and current federal lawmaker, Alhassan Rurum, as well as a former aide to President Muhammad Buhari on legislative affairs, Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, stormed Shekarau’s residence after Ganduje’s visit and exerted commitment from him that he will not renege on his planned defection.
Baring last-minute change, all is now set for Shekarau to formally announce his defection to NNPP.