By Sageer Kabeer
Former deputy governor in Kano State, Prof Hafiz Abubakar, and former managing director of Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Aminu Dabo have rejoined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The two People’s Democratic Party (PDP) stalwarts and staunch allies of former Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, dumped the PDP after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday night.
A statement by presidential spokesperson Garba Shehu confirmed the meeting where Buhari “received a group of APC members including Professor Hafiz Abubakar, a former Deputy Governor of Kano State who returned to the party after their departure to various platforms.”
In welcoming the party leaders back to the APC, President Buhari said the house was large enough to accommodate everyone and promised to speak to the leadership of the party and government in Kano to accommodate and work with the returnees.
In addition to Professor Hafiz, a staunch ally of Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso Kwankwaso who resigned as Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s Deputy, the other returnees include a former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Architect Aminu Dabo; the immediate past National Treasurer, Bala Mohammed Gwagwarwa; Security Adviser to Kwankwaso, General Danjuma Dambazau (rtd); Engineer Mu’azu Magaji, all of them staunch members of the Kwankwasiyya as well as Senator Isa Zarewa who left in protest against the last primaries, Garba Shehu said.
They were led to the President by the Governor of Jigawa State, Abubakar Badaru.
Responding to the Presidential directive, Governor Ganduje welcomed the return of the party stalwarts and assured the President that he was ready to work with everyone to record yet another historic victory in the general elections.