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VP Osinbajo Lured Shekarau From PDP To APC?

A former Kano State governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, announced his decision to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, today, following disagreements that rocked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state.

What are the under currents that led to his action?

Daily Nigerian reliably gathered that Mr Shekarau had been in contact with vice president Yemi Osinbajo since the gale of defection struck across both ruling and opposition party.

Inside sources said the ruling party had made a number of promises to Mr Shekarau, including a ministerial slot, should he dump the PDP and join APC.

“You know Osinbajo was once Shekarau’s lawyer. Remember Shekarau gave him the all-important cases involving Kano State and Pfizer and another case of alleged foreign accounts.

“Osinbajo won case against the magazine that published the story of foreign accounts allegedly owned by Shekarau. Osinbajo also negotiated a settlement in favour of Kano State Government in the Pfizer case. So they struck a bond since then.

“Shekarau is a founding member of the APC and most of his political friends are the leaders of the party today.

“Among the promises made to him long ago, are a ministerial position and other appointments for his associates. What stopped him from considering the offer at that time was EFCC. While talks were at advanced stage, EFCC suddenly re-arraigned him for alleged money laundering.

“But I can assure you that Shekarau will return to APC today. All arrangements have been concluded,” said a source familiar with the development.

It is however not clear if EFCC will drop charges against him or discontinue with the case now that he's joining APC.