The presidency has stepped into the ongoing crisis in the Kano chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and Senator Ibrahim Shekarau.
A source familiar to the development said the presidency dispatched a jet Friday night from Abuja to Kano to convey Ganduje and Shekarau for an emergency meeting towards resolving the crisis.
The meeting is said to be a major part of the plan to forestall the planned defection of Shekarau to the new but fast growing New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
The NNPP is led by another former governor of Kano and leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Many bigwigs of the APC and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been joining the party and Shekarau was expected to formally announce his defection to the party on Saturday.
However, late Friday evening, Governor Ganduje visited the former governor at his Mudunbawa Kano residence, in what sources said was last minutes attempt to stop the planned decamping.
Sources said it was after the closed door meeting that they started making arrangements to jet off to Abuja.