The presidential candidate of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the 2011 elections, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Tuesday said he was ready to meet Kano State Governor, Alhaji Musa Kwankwaso, to resolve the lingering All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership tussle in the state.
Speaking when the 44 local government chairmen and secretaries of the defunct ANPP, who paid him a solidarity visit at his Mundubawa residence in Kano, Shekarau said he was ready to enter into dialogue with Kwankwaso, but on condition that it would be at a neutral ground.
According to him, “I have no ill feelings or grudge against any member of the party, but what I am demanding for is justice, whereby all members of the party is given equal opportunity so that the party can move forward and wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.”
The former governor said if such a dialogue must hold, it should be at a neutral ground, but not at the Government House between the Interim Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande, Kwankwaso and himself (Shekarau).
Shekarau, who expressed dismay over the lukewarm attitude of the APC for failing to treat and take action over his two-month old petition he personally presented to the headquarters of the party in Abuja, demanding justice to prevail over the leadership of the party.
He recalled how he worked assiduously for the merger of the legacy parties to materialise, noting that: “I headed the 21-man ANPP committee, shuttling between Kano to Abuja for six months during the merger process, at the end of it the party seems to be creating disharmony among its members.”
In his petition, Shekarau had rejected a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the five defected PDP governors and some APC leaders that the respective governors in their states were the automatic leaders of the party.
The former governor also assured them that whatever decision he arrived at after the consultations, he would not hesitate to consult them.
In his address, the spokesman of the council chairmen and secretaries of the defunct ANPP, Alhaji Mukhtari Bagudu, said: “We shall be in support of whatever decision the former governor wishes to take in respect of the lingering APC leadership tussle in the state.”