Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state, says he and some of his colleagues were marginalised during the tenure of John Odigie-Oyegun, former national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ganduje said this while receiving Emma Ibediro, national organising secretary of the APC, in his office on Friday.
He said they pushed for a change in the national leadership of the APC because of the bitter experience they had under Odigie-Oyegun.
The governor said the experience provoked some of his colleagues so “we decided to take active part to ensure that a change was effected: a change for the better”.
“During the previous administration, we were marginalised and our opponents within the party were used officially against us. That was very painful,” he said.
“We decided to effect a change and luckily, Mr. President, who is the national leader of the party, gave his consent to what we wanted to do.
“We are now benefitting from the change in the leadership of the party and we are witnessing full participation of stakeholders in the scheme of things.”
Ibediro said he came to Kano to thank the governor for the role he played in his emergence as a national officer of the party.
“My emergence as national organizing secretary was largely made possible by you. Kano state gave me over 500 votes and with that kind of result, it was nearly impossible for me to be defeated,” he said.
“I went round with you in the bus and I saw genuine love for you from the people: you have done well. You were able to connect with the people genuinely and God will reward you.
“I assure you that whatever has to do with Kano state as long as it has to do with me, I will give it the attention it requires.”