2023: Big loss for PDP as powerful politician drops out of gubernatorial race in Northern state
- Labaran Maku said earlier that his return to the PDP to contest the gubernatorial seat would remove Nasarawa State from the control of the ruling All Progressives Congress in the 2023 elections.
- In a twist, the gubernatorial candidate withdrew from the Nasarawa State gubernatorial race citing personal reasons for his decision
- The Northern politician assured that he would issue an official statement to further confirm his latest decision
Former Information Minister Labaran Maku, who recently joined the race for Nasarawa State Governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has withdrawn from the race hours until the gubernatorial primary election begins, reports The Punch.
Speaking on Wednesday May 25 at the venue of the PDP primary in the state’s Nasarawa local government area, former APGA leader Maku said he had extensive consultations with friends and associates, including party stakeholders, before deciding to withdraw from the competition.
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Maku cited reasons
Asked about the reason for his withdrawal from the contest, the former information minister said his decision was better known to him, assuring that he would issue an official statement on the matter, The Nation report also said.
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Legit.ng collected only the three aspirants contesting the post of governor on the platform of the PDP; During a meeting at the party secretariat in Lafia, David Ombugadu, Nuhu Amgbazo and Labaran Maku agreed to accept the result of the primary election and work together to defeat the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Sule in 2023.
2023: Northern legislator abandons PDP, defects to APC
Earlier, the member, representing Kano Municipal in the Kano State Assembly, Salisu Gwangwazo announced his defection to the All Progressive Congress (APC), from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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It was reported that Mr. Gwangwazo commonly known as Alhaji Baba, made the announcement through a letter sent to Speaker of the House, Hamisu Chidari on Friday, April 29.
A statement issued and signed by the assembly’s chief press secretary, Uba Abdullahi, said the legislator decided to quit the PDP due to the leadership crisis that has rocked the party.
Labaran Maku describes TY Danjuma as an icon, a statesman
Meanwhile, Maku had congratulated former statesman Lt. Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) on his 84th birthday.
Maku, an accomplished journalist turned politician, sent his congratulatory message to the Taraba-born retired military leader via a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, December 10, 2021.
He described Danjuma as one of the most feared and respected Nigerian soldiers, adding that the image of the businessman looms large in Nigeria’s political and business environment.