The effort of frontline presidential aspirant, Bola Tinubu, to retain Abdulmumin Jibrin, who oversees his support groups, in the All Progressive Congress (APC) failed on Friday.
Mr Jibrin recently announced his exit from the ruling party over political rancor in his ward in Kano State.
Moments after the announcement, Mr Tinubu reportedly contacted Governor Umar Ganduje for the resolution of the internal wrangling at the ward level of the party.
But on Friday afternoon, the Kano politician ditched efforts to retain him in the APC and decamped to the relatively unknown New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) which came to limelight after former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, joined its fold last month from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The NNPP announced the defection on its Twitter handle.
Mr Jibrin is running to go back to the House of Representatives after losing his bid in 2019, an ambition Mr Ganduje is said to be displeased with.