Former Kano State governor, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau yesterday declared an end to his political romance with his predecessor in office, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, and his New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP).
The 3-months-old political marriage between two Kano political forces crashed for what Shekarau described as an alleged “betrayal of trust” by Kwankwaso.
Shekarau, who addressed members of his Shura Advisory Council drawn from 44 local government areas of Kano, catalogued his bitter experience with his former political soul mate but failed to announce his next move.
According to the former Education Minister, “I will never be a party to injustice; my integrity is of the utmost, and no political position will make me compromise it and that of my people. I will not allow anyone to exploit his position or wealth to subvert my integrity”.
He explained further, saying: “We reached an agreement to accommodate my supporters into various elective positions in the party; but until now, the committee set up could not accommodate one single person apart from the senatorial slot given to me”.
The 2-term ex-governor stressed, “Kano NNPP Governorship candidate (Abba Kabir Yusuf), who was given the mandate to look at areas to accommodate my people into various elective positions, never for one single day do so, or even call for meeting let alone accepting my supporters to contest”.
“Nobody will use the money to change my conscience. I was a governor for eight years in Kano, and people believed in my integrity. I am still living in a rented house in Abuja, and never allocated a single plot of land to myself when I served as Governor in Kano; I challenge anyone who knows my plot of land to expose it”, he boasted.
Shekarau lamented that “All the agreements we had with Kwankwaso were betrayed by him and his boys, and they did not accommodate one single person from my camp”. He, therefore, appealed to his teeming supporters to exercise patience and expect his final decision on the next political move.