APC Crisis: Shekarau, Bafarawa, others plot next move

Ibrahim Shekarau

Ibrahim Shekarau was the presidential candidate of the ANPP in 2011.

By Abdoulaye Kay

The immediate past Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, on Friday led a Kano delegate to meet with a former Sokoto governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, over the control of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Both men were founding members of the APC and leaders of defunct parties that merged to form the APC. While Mr. Shekarau was the presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, in the 2011 election, Mr. Bafarawa was a presidential aspirant in the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.

The two men have, however, lost out in the APC politics as the party structures in their states have been handed over to the state governors who decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC.

Speaking after the meeting, Mr. Shekarau said he and his supporters, as well as Mr. Bafawara, were consulting with their people on the way forward for the APC.

“We are in Sokoto to consult with our friends and bothers, especially His Excellency, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa,” the former Kano governor said. “As you are aware, both of us in Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Kwara and Rivers have similar predicament as far as the operations of the APC is concerned.”

The ‘predicament’ Mr. Shekarau spoke of is the decampment of governors of those states to the APC from the PDP, which has made the party hand over its structures in the respective states to incumbent governors.

Mr. Shekarau said he and Mr. Bafarawa were working together because “we have the concern for the growth and development of the APC. And if there is anything that needs to be done, we need to put hands together to address such an issue.”

He said he and other aggrieved APC members had written to the party’s national leadership.

“As to our opposition to some of the directives given by it and the management of the party, which we felt were unconstitutional, the leadership is yet to respond to our plight. In fact, they have not even given any acknowledgment to our letters,” he said.

Mr. Shekarau also said he and other aggrieved members of the party had not decided to leave and were still reviewing the situation. There had been reports that Mr. Shekarau and other APC leaders in affected states would decamp to the PDP.

“As far as we are concerned, our discussions have been centred on the way forward to solve and resolve the disagreement between us; as stakeholders in our respective states and the leadership of the party,” he said.


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  • felixoti

    See! Those who wish to take over from PDP cannot even get their house in order. Like the divided Syrian opposition, we don’t know the real APC anymore.

  • aro charles

    Too many political heavy weights in the North.

    • Taliban

      Politics is the only business they know so shat do u expect. Government is their industry

      • aro charles


  • Sadiq Garba

    Shekarau is free to defect to PDP. That would confirm what we were depending him for (working for PDP from within ANPP). He is free to go, afterall Kano people made him and are thesame people that would unmake him or consign him to political cemetary.

    As for Bafarawa, PDP is the last party he can join. Bafarawa can quit politics than to join PDP.

    • paul preston

      do not complain there will an exodus from apc to PDP better be prepared for it apc have lost credilbility how can abuse pdp only to celebrate govs who moved from PDP to apc?if GEJ offered to join them they will gladly welcome him,the hype is over

  • Abba

    Did I just read here now that Mr. Shekarau said he had the concerns of people of his state at heart? Holy Cross! These populists will not kill me. His real place is the pDP…let him move there please there is freedom of movement in the constitution!!

    • AAA

      APC would be better when people like Shekarau leaves. If they like let them go to which ever party they want “KO TA SHAIDANU CE”

    • kharixmah

      Shekarau was ANPP and APC all his political years.

  • Issei

    Shekarau please do not make the mistake of joining PDP.you will loose the little followership you have,

  • BlackieUmukoro

    Welcome back home to PDP. Shekarau, Bafarawa and other oppressed members in APC are welcome back to PDP where they shall have full liberty

  • paul preston

    apc house of commotion,they are giving orders to their members to block fg,for their information the fg will block them from entering the building then then we shall know how far.coupist,looters,terrorists etc cannot hold Nigeria hostage

  • Mohstone

    Bafarawa contested under DPP not ACN as depicted above. However, these expired shells are no longer relevant even in their homes not to talk of Nigerian political landscape. Let them go and join HELL party if they like.