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Why they’re after Shekarau

The movement of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and his supporters across the country to the PDP has really touched the psyche of the sponsors of these…

The movement of Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and his supporters across the country to the PDP has really touched the psyche of the sponsors of these faceless elements who have lost political focus and now engage in political indecency, narrow mindedness and evil machinations.
It is however on record that Shekarau, who is also the Sardaunan Kano, was one of those who founded the All Progressives Congress (APC) for a viable and formidable opposition in the country.  But no sooner the party was formed than some inordinate politicians that had lost bearing in their old parties infiltrated APC to hijack its machinery. Shekarau, known for his political sagacity, could not afford to sacrifice his hard-earned righteousness with unjust elements that had run their former parties aground.  He therefore moved away from the old Wine in a new Bottle to join the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
His commitment to the principle of justice and fairness made him to part ways with the same government that saw him as material for its administration.  The way he was treated by the government, coupled with his integrity made the good people of Kano to call him to join the politics and contest election against his boss at the time.
In 2003, Shekarau listened to clarion calls of the people and joined All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP).  He contested against his boss who ill-treated him and had a landslide victory to remove an incumbent governor from office in Kano State. In 2007, after successful completion of his first term in office, he contested again for his second term and still won.  Again, he became the first Governor to break the much dreaded jinx of second term in the history of the most populous state of the country.
Throughout the eight years of the Shekarau administration, the people of Kano heaved sighs of reliefs and there was both structural and human development, which are fact on the ground till tomorrow for people to see.  He judiciously utilized all statutory allocations from the federation account in addition to his internally generated revenue.   His government did not borrow single kobo to execute all the projects executed.  Let anyone who cares to know that Shekarau’s handing over note to his successor in 2011, one would know that Shekarau left a huge surplus in the government’s coffers.
It is therefore not surprising that those who are still hanging white paper on their necks and have ridiculously attempted to destroy their old political profile and have resorted to shortcut to put out lies to the unsuspecting members of the public in order to tarnish the hard-earned integrity of Shekarau, which they could not earn themselves.  This was simply the genesis of their tissue of lies on the pages of newspapers and social media against him.
As Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib (R.T.A.) said, “Do not feel lonely on the road of righteousness because of the fewness of the walkers on it.” Shekarau may be alone according to the detractors but he is on the right path.  He joined the PDP for a change, just as some others went into APC.  If the movement of Shekarau to PDP was contradiction and deceit, then Shekarau’s detractors should know that politicians who moved from his/her party to another in recent time are a bunch of contradiction and deceit too.     Yes, PDP has been in power since 1999, but most of the same people who made it bad have left the party, why then should Shekarau not go there for a good beginning?
Of course, Shekarau was one of the people that opposed the party; again, the elements that made PDP what it was, moved out.  This is why Shekarau went there for cleansing.  If one may ask, who is not sincere here: the person who spent over thirteen years milking the party and later abandoned it or the person who has just moved in to redeem the battered image of the party? Let truth be told.
Indeed, the leopard does not change its spots; as one that dumps babbanriga and put on a shirt, it is all the same person.  Come rain, thunder or sunshine, Shekarau’s PDP is on course and growing strong there.

Sule is a personal aide to former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau<[email protected]>;

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