Former governor of Kano State and leader of G-7 faction of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, has revealed the details of his discussion with the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Shekarau, the Senator representing Kano Central had visited Tinubu at his Lagos residence, on Sunday.
The meeting had generated controversy in the political circle as Tinubu is known to be a strong ally of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, whom Shekarau is at loggerheads with over the control of the APC in Kano State.
But in an interview with BBC Hausa Service on Tuesday, Shekarau said that it was Tinubu that requested to see him, and he went there after consulting members of the G-7
“He called me on phone that he wants to see me in Abuja, but that time I was in Kano; so, we couldn’t see. He said we should meet in Lagos if possible and I told him I will whenever I visited Lagos and that was what happened.
“This is not something new between the two of us. We have had a lot of this type of meetings even during merger almost eight years ago and when we were governors,” he said.
On what they actually discussed, Shekarau said Tinubu wanted to confirm whether there is any grudge between him and Ganduje.
“I told him it is not a fight between Shekarau and Governor Ganduje. It is rather an issue between the G-7 and leadership of the party in Kano. And our reason for that is party members are not given their right and freedom on anything related to the party.
“He told me that he heard from Governor Ganduje and he wanted to hear from me, so that we can get to know the faulty side. We sat and I briefed him on all that happened from the beginning up to the recent court judgment,” the former government said.
On whether they discussed anything that has to do with supporting Tinubu’s rumoured 2023 presidential ambition, Shekarau said: “There is nothing like supporting him. As I told you, he asked me to see him. Both of us are leaders in the APC, and we have good Relationship. So, with or without this crisis happening in Kano, we can meet and discuss issues of our great party.”
When asked if Tinubu promised to take any action regarding the feud in Kano, Shekarau said it is left for him to decide.
“He listened to them and he listened to our side, so whatever remains is left for him. If he will offer an advice to them or to the party, it is all well with us,” he added.
Speaking further on whether the G-7 is craving for Tinubu’s support ahead of the forthcoming swearing-in of the elected party leaders, Shekarau said no, and that his faction is not even aware of any decision by the party to swear in the leaders.
“I didn’t go there to seek for any support and I’m not even aware that the national leadership of the party’s decision to swear-in the new state leaders,” the former governor said.
Shekarau added they are not against the natiinal reconciliation committee of the party under the leadership former Nasarawa State Governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, stressing that all of the parties involved agreed that they should wait for court decision.
“During our discussion with them( Gamduje’s faction), it was even Governor Ganduje that advised that the issue of party leadership should be put aside until the court makes the final judgement. And we too agreed with that, even the committee members agreed with that,” Shekarau added.