FACT-CHECK: Has Kano 2019 PDP Gubernatorial Candidate Left Kwankwasiyya?

Verdict: False


On Sunday, October 25, 2020 fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) spotted a story published on Facebook (now deleted) and shared on WhatsApp claiming that the 2019 Kano State governorship candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party, Kabir Yusuf, has defected from the Kwankwasisyya group led by former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.

Yusuf contested for the Kano governorship seat under PDP and belonged to the Kwankwasiyya political ideology.

He has been identified with Kwankwasiyya for years and served under the former Governor Rabiu Kwnakwaso’s administration as commissioner several times before securing the ticket to contest for the governorship under PDP.

According to the claim, Kabir’s decision to leave Kwankwasiyya followed insinuations that he will not be considered for another ticket to run for the Kamo State governorship seat in 2023.

The claim also added that the Kwankwasiyya leader, Senator Kwankwaso, will give the 2023 ticket to former executive secretary of TETFund, Abdullahi Bichi.


CDD’s verification on the claim that Kabir Yusuf has left Kwansiyya is false.

The political bloc members confirmed that the Kano gubernatorial aspirant in 2019, Kabir Yusuf is still a member of the Kwankwasiyya group.

Spokesperson to the aspirant, Sunusi Bature, describing the claim as false also confirmed to CDD that his principal is still with Kwankwasiyya.

He said: “I would like to assure you that the claim is not true”.


The claim that Kano gubernatorial aspirant in the 2019 general election, Kabir Yusuf has left Kwankwasiyya is false.

Abba is still a member of the Kwankwasiyya group led by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

CDD is urging Nigerians to always verify the authenticity of stories before sharing them.

You can forward suspicious messages for verification via +2349062910568 or contact us on twitter @CDDWestAfrica

#StopFakeNews #StopDisinformation

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