Bichi Leads Kano PDP Members To APC
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has officially welcomed to the APC, Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, a former Kano State PDP Chairman who recently decamped to the ruling party.
The Governor received Bichi and other defectors on Wednesday at a political rally in Kano State.
It will be recalled Naija News earlier reported on Wednesday that Bichi dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) shortly after the Supreme Court delivered a final verdict on the Kano State governorship election.
Other prominent persons who also decamped on Wednesday include Hajiya Binta Spikin, Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Hajiya Aisha Kaita, a zonal Woman Leader of PDP in Kano, Muhammad Isyaku Taraunu former member House of Assembly and Dr. Idris Bala a renown Kwankwasiyya leader.
Governor Ganduje also used the occasion to slam former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement describing him as the most selfish person he had ever known, also accusing him of imposing his personal wishes and interest on the people of Kano State.
The Governor noted that even the Kwankwasiyya movement was initiated by himself and the decamping PDP chairman Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi to prove loyalty to Kwankwaso.
“It is natural to be a bit selfish but I have never seen anyone as selfish as Kwankwaso. It was such that he imposed his whims on all and exploit them for his personal benefit as against the collective interest of all. “All of us seated here were with him in the past and we made him what he is politically but had to withdraw from his persistent self-conceit.
“We have initiated reconciliations in the past but Kwankwaso is not the repentant type, it is either his bid that is done or he destroys everything,” The governor stated.
Also speaking during his opening remark, the Kano APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas said that with the decision by Bichi to dump PDP, the Kwankwasiyya movement in Kano State is effectively dead.
“Your Excellency, it is a known fact that Kwankwasiyya was founded by the two of you seated here before us, you and Rabiu Bichi, you the mother and father of Kwankwasiyya. Now that you have both left it, there is nothing left of Kwankwasiyya again.
“Never assume that Bichi decamped because their party had lost in the Supreme Court, is not true, we have been with him for long” the chairman declared.
Speaking on why he dumped PDP for APC, Bichi said the move was a response to a call by President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Ganduje for all stakeholders to join hands in building Kano State.
“Following a call by the president to join hands to move the nation forward and the call by the Kano Governor to come and help build a greater Kano, it has become pertinent for us to come and contribute our quota towards the development of the state.
“We have been forced to remain as opposition for the past 20 years following Kwankwaso even while we were in power, a situation that has not yielded anything good and progressive. “We need a polity where progress and development of the state are ahead of personal whims and desires and so we have to cut that trend of opposition to set the state along the right track of development just like it is in Lagos state.
“Your Excellency, all of us you see here joining the APC have decided after due consultation to join in the development of the state. Almost everyone that was in the Kwankwasiyya is with us here except for very few and those who other commitments could not allow them to come.
“Among us here are former commissioners, former advisers, and others, all of who you have known for long. If we continue along the path of progressive governance, Kano will surely be ahead of other states in the country and we are all here to contribute our quota,” Bichi stated.
At the event, defectors replaced their red caps with other colors and designs signifying that they have left not just the PDP but also the Kwankwasiyya movement led by Kwankwaso.