Abdulmumin Jibrin, a representative-elect from Kano State, was believed to have been at the center of a meeting between Rabiu Kwankwaso, the head of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), and President-elect Bola Tinubu on Monday, which is said to have taken place in Paris.
The former governor of Kano State reportedly met with Tinubu for four hours behind closed doors and reminisced about their friendship that began in the National Assembly in 1992.
The discussion during the 12.30 p.m.–4.45 p.m. meeting focused on Kwankwaso’s prospective inclusion in the future administration as Tinubu prepares to build a national unity cabinet.
According to reports, Kwankwaso has tentatively agreed to join Tinubu’s administration after consulting with the relevant parties on both sides.
While Kwankwaso will brief his party leadership, Tinubu is anticipated to brief Kashim Shettima, the vice-president-elect, the APC governors forum, and other party leaders.
ThisDay claims that Jibrin, a personal friend of Kwankwaso’s and the initial director general of Tinubu’s presidential campaign, played a major role in arranging the meeting between the two.
Jibrin had left that position to join the NNPP, which was only starting off, and ran for and won a seat in the House of Representatives in the elections held on February 25 under that party’s banner.
According to a source who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorized to speak on the subject, Jibrin’s connections to Tinubu and Kwankwaso gave him the advantage of being in a position to arrange the meeting.
“Yes, he was in the middle of it, don’t forget Kwankwaso is his political mentor, and, of course, he was Tinubu’s first campaign DG,” the source said of Jibril.
“So, he was able to broker a rapprochement between them after some calls back and forth, a deal was reached that culminated in the meeting in France,” the source added.
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