Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has threatened to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if the party’s leadership removed any member of the Kwankwasiyya movement from list of aspirants.
The former Kano State governor had conducted primaries for elective offices in the state which were allegedly won by his anointed aspirants, sidelining other PDP members.
It was learned that Kwankwaso sounded the warning of leaving the party during a meeting held at Legacy House, Abuja.
The meeting, which, according to a national daily Daily Trust, commenced at 3pm and ended around 5pm, was attended by many PDP stakeholders including Bello Hayatu Gwarzo and Ambassador Aminu Wali.
According to a source, the meeting was organised to review the list of aspirants from Kano State.
The Senator Mas’ud El-Jibril Doguwa-led faction of the PDP had also conducted its primaries where candidates emerged for various offices.
It was gathered that in order to have a unified house, the Prince Uche Secondus-led National Working Committee (NWC) brought together all the contending factions with a view to having a win-win situation.
“Kwankwaso told the gathering that any move to remove any member of Kwankwasiyya from the aspirants list will lead to his defection from PDP,” the newspaper quoted the source to have said.
“However, the Doguwa-led faction also threatened to dump the party if the leadership failed to review the list of aspirants.
“The meeting ended in a deadlock…Neither Kwankwaso nor Doguwa faction agreed to accept the terms offered by the leadership of the party.”
According to him, the leadership of the party in its effort to reconcile the aggrieved members resolved that the national and state assemblies’ slots be shared 50-50 between the Kwankwaso and Doguwa factions of the party.
He added that when the meeting reached its peak with no sign of success, the party’s presidential flag bearer and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, sent a former minister of Aviation, Mr Osita Benjamin Chidoka, to intervene on his behalf.
He, however, said the former minister also failed to reconcile the contending factions and the meeting ended without yielding any positive result.