Two former governors of Jigawa State, Saminu Turaki and Sule Lamido have resolved to work together to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) from office come, 2023.
Turaki dropped the hint shortly after a meeting with the Jigawa People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s caucus at his Kano office where he refuted media reports that he had defected to the PDP from APC, saying he had never been an APC member.
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He said he was one of the PDP’s senatorial aspirants in the 2019 general elections, saying he had to step down following his inability to present himself for screening as a result of the journey he made out of the country.
The former governor, who hosted the meeting, also maintained that contrary to media reports linking him with the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP) floated by the former Kano State governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, saying even though the former governor was his colleague, he had not decided to join forces with him politically.
Explaining his long absence from the political scene, the former governor said it was a decision he took to reflect and allow others to contribute their quota to the development of the state.
He added that during the period of his absence, he had been receiving calls from his friends and associates to step in and bring back the Jigawa politics to what it used to be.
According to him, he decided to join hands with ex-governor Sule Lamido and push out governor Badaru with his political allies out of government house Dutse.
“I decided to join hands with Lamido under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and make sure we flush out governor Badaru and APC from power with the aim to move Jigawa forward and to liberate people from APC dictatorships.
“As a leader, I didn’t join PDP to get any position but rather I will do my best and lead the party to victory in the forthcoming 2023 general election”, Turaki said.
He noted that PDP is the only political party that has the structure and blueprint that can help in propelling the state to prosperity.