Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, the caretaker committee chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano state has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bichi, a very close ally of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and also one-time secretary to the state government, has not said anything about his action.
The Herald gathered that hundreds of Kwankwaso’s loyalists joined Bichi in decamping to the ruling APC.
Meanwhile, a source close to the former PDP chairman said he had wanted to leave the party long before the judgement of the Supreme Court, declaring Abdullahi Ganduje, as the duly elected governor of the state.
Speaking on the development, a close political associate said: “The decision of Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi was not related to the outcome of the Supreme Court judgement. It was purely based on principles and personal conviction.
“In the affairs of Kwankwasiyya, Rabiu Bichi has been lately rendered irrelevant, ostracised and sidelined from the decision-making of the Kwankwasiyya movement. Despite his commitment to the cause, he was looked down upon as a saboteur.”
Earlier, The Herald reported that Okey Onyekanma, deputy speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, on Tuesday, January 21, resigned his position.
Onyekanma announced his resignation in a letter read by the speaker of the House, Chiji Collins, during plenary on at the legislative chamber of the Assembly Complex in Owerri, the state capital.
The Herald gathered that he informed his colleagues that he has also resigned as the Chairman of the House Committee on Rules and Business.
In the letter, Onyekanma said he took the decision to resign due to the zoning arrangement in the state.
According to him, the plan gives the seat of the deputy speaker to a lawmaker from the same zone with the governor and considering the new leadership in the state, he is not from the same zone with the state governor, Senator Hope Uzodinma.
Also, nine members of the House have announced their defection from their respective political parties to the All Progressives Congress (APC)