From Edwin Olofu Kano
Several tricycle riders loyal to the Kwankwasiyya Group and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday in Kano, burnt their red caps and formally defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Receiving the defectors who are mainly members of Tricycle riders by the chairman of APC in Kano, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas described the event which took place at Sani Abacha stadium as historic and an indication that the Kwankwasiyya and the PDP are dead and buried in Kano.
According to him, “we are happy to receive the tricycle riders who have realized that there is no hope where they were.
“ Today, they have come to join us and we have received them with open hands. In our great party, there is no discrimination. They will be accorded the same treatment just like any one of us.”
Abbas also stated that, “ with what is happening now, you will agree with me that come 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Abdullahi Umar Ganduje will have a landslide victory in Kano.”
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Local Government Affairs, Alhaji Muktar Sule Garo, said about 6500 members of Kwankwasiyya Tricycle operators and 3500 members of PDP Tricycle operators defected to the APC.
According to him, “thousands of Kwankwasiyya and PDP loyalists are gathered in this place to show their disaffection on the ideals and ideology of their leader, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
“ The defectors have come to join the struggle of restoring true democracy under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari at the centre and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje here in Kano.
“What you have seen here today is the beginning of the total annihilation of the Kwankwasiyya Group and the red-cap followers.
“Already, plans have been concluded to receive more of these groups from market women, tea sellers, mechanics, baked beans sellers, soft drinks hawkers, vulcanizers and many other groups.”
He added that, “there is no doubt that Kano is ready to deliver over five million votes to President Muhammadu Buhari. The people are happy with the achievements of Governor Ganduje’s administration and they are ready to appreciate him at the polls.”
Also speaking, Kano state Commissioner for Information, Youths and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, described the event as memorable, adding that the state government was impressed by the development.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, leader of the tricycle operators in the state, Alhaji Usama Haruna Dala, said that, “our defection today is as a result of our conviction that Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has given Kano the kind of development we deserve and he is ready to do more.