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2023: Top APC Chieftain, Murtala Garo Set To Join NNPP




A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State, Murtala Sule Garo, is reportedly set to dump the party for the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).

Naija News reports that Garo, former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in the state, was endorsed as the deputy governorship candidate by the party stakeholders for the 2023 general elections.

According to Daily Trust, Garo is mulling dumping the APC after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje met and reconciled with Senator Barau Jibrin, one of his political rivals in the state.

A source told the newspaper that the former commissioner is angry because the governor settled with Barau, who has been trying to wrest the control of the party away from their camp.


It was gathered that the governor and Barau visited Garo at his residence at the midnight on Wednesday to settle the grievances and make him rescind his plan to dump the ticket and the party.

But a source close to Garo said the anointed deputy governor is planning to meet with his associates and make a concrete decision about dumping the APC.

The source said Garo is also worried over the chain of defection hitting the ruling party in Kano, which many believe may affect the party’s fortunes in 2023.


The former commissioner is reportedly considering joining the NNPP, which has attracted many aggrieved APC bigwigs in the state, including former governor Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.

The national leader of NNPP, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is an in-law to Garo and was instrumental in establishing him as a formidable politician in the state.

Kwankwaso brought him into mainstream Kano politics as the Organising Secretary of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2007.


Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows.

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