Ibrahim Shekarau, the former governor of Kano State and senator representing Kano Central Senatorial district, is the latest high-profile politician to leave the All Progressives Congress (APC), which is currently in power.
On Wednesday during plenary, Senate President Ahmad Lawan announced Shekarau’s switch to the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
Shekarau mentioned the Kano State Governor Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje’s acts of injustice and unfairness as justifications for leaving his previous political party, the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).
Part of the letter which was read by the Senate President read: “I am defecting from the APC to my new party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party, as a result of unfairness, injustice by Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“For the past two years there have been an unresolved crisis in Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, hence, I have resigned my membership.”
Following the announcement, the Senate President directed the Chief Whip to lead Shakarau to the opposition row in the red chamber.
At least six senators, including Yahaya Bello, the former Senate Majority Leader, had defected from the APC to the PDP (PDP).
Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, stated last week that at least 22 senators had decided to leave the party in the upcoming weeks due to complaints related to the primaries.