Three All Progressive Congress (APC) lawmakers in Kano state House of Assembly on Wednesday defected to the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP) .
The spokesperson of the assembly, Uba Abdullahi, said the lawmakers announced their defection in separate letters addressed to the speaker of the assembly.
The lawmakers are Abdullahi Iliyasu Yaryasa, (Tudun Wada constituency), Muhammad Bello Butu Butu, (Tofa/Rimin Gado Constituency), and Kabiru Yusuf Ismail (Madobi Constituency).
PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported that nine members of the Assembly elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have defected to the New Nigeria People Party (NNPP).
The members cited a leadership tussle in the PDP at the state and national levels for their action.
The affected members include Isyaku Ali Danja (Gezawa Constituency), Umar Musa Gama (Nassarawa Constituency), Aminu Sa’adu Ungogo (Ungogo Constituency), Lawan Hussain Chediyar ‘Yan Gurasa (Dala Constituency) and Tukur Muhammad (Fagge Constituency).
The others are Mu’azzam El-Yakub (Dawakin Kudu Constituency), Garba Shehu Fammar (Kibiya Constituency), Abubakar Uba Galadima (Bebeji Constituency) and Mudassir Ibrahim Zawaciki (Kumbotso Constituency).
Shortly after, another PDP lawmaker representing Gwale constituency also joined the NNPP.
On April 29, the House announced the defection of a member representing Kano Municipal, Salisu Gwangwazo, from the PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), also citing an internal crisis in the main opposition party.
However, the latest defections are widely seen to be connected to the movement of a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, from the PDP to the NNPP.
Mr Kwankwaso moved to the NNPP earlier this year and is expected to run for president on the ticket of the party.
His defection triggered the mass movement of his followers from the PDP to the NNPP where some of them have taken positions ahead of the party’s primaries.
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