Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, says his attitude of allowing issues to take their natural course over the years contributed immensely to the development of former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s growth in politics.
Ganduje said this, dated back to the military era when there was an election into the Constituent Assembly.
The governor stated this while receiving the former Chairman of Kano Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Engr. Rabiu Suleiman Bichi to All Progressive Party, APC at the government house on Wednesday
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abbar Anwar on Thursday and obtained by Solacebase.
According to Ganduje, “Even during the 1999 period when Military regime then lifted the ban on political activities. We run to the primary election in the PDP and it was very clear for all those who participated in that process that, it was me Abdullahi Umar Ganduje who emerged as the winner of that primaries, but numbers were changed in his favour.
‘’At that time I revolted that another fresh primary election to conducted. But I was advised to shun my call for another election, so as to give peace a chance. I succumbed to that and let the matter die down,” Ganduje reminded.
He continued that he was consoled to be Kwankwaso’s running mate then. “I accepted in good faith. When he was trying to make it as if he was doing me a favour for that, I told him point-blank that he was not doing any favour to me to be his running mate.
I made him understand that my wish and point of interest was for another fresh primary election. Just ask him what transpired then between me and him. Elders like the late Alhaji Lili Gabari consoled me again,” he challenged.
He recounted many ordeals that characterised his relationship with Kwankwaso for many years, explaining further that, “Myself and Rabi’u Sulaiman Bichi, knew Kwankwaso and we know him very clearly. To say it all, I am the Encyclopedia and Dictionary of knowing Kwankwaso. For this, I cannot compare him with anybody in terms of self-centeredness. He knows nobody but himself, in whatever he is doing.”
Kwankwaso’s great ordeal in life now, according to governor Ganduje, is how to become President. This, he said “…was what informed all his decisions in cross carpeting to different political parties at different intervals. We are aware of his plan to now come back to APC, our great party.
Because he thinks he has a chance when President Muhammadu Buhari completes his second tenure come 2023. So we are all watching him and we are waiting for him.”
To make it clearer how Kwankwaso was not even happy that he (Ganduje) becomes governor, right from day one, “When I got the ticket to run for gubernatorial position in 2015, and he was vying for Senatorial seat, he never, even for once, follow my campaign train.
Not even a Dime was given as his campaign contribution. And when I got it, he started exhibiting some behaviours that are unbecoming of any person in his position, towards the administration.
Since when we were turning our faces and closing our ears, he insisted that our political clash was imminent. So we decided to jump in and face him squarely. See what he is getting now as his reward or punishment. All of us have abandoned him.”
According to Ganduje, Kwankwaso was a planless leader whose undertakings as a governor and after, are mere exhibition of clueless politician, emphasising that, even during his (Kwankwaso’s) tenure as a governor, if you look at his executed infrastructures and other policies, you will all agree with me that he lacks focus, as a leader. So when we clearly understand that among other things, see what is happening with him now.”
“I am happy that after the Supreme Court judgment we didn’t close our eyes and brag that we are above all. No, we cannot say that. It is not in our character to say that. We even said those who took us to Election Petition Tribunal, Court of Appeal and up to Supreme Court, they were only exercising their constitutional rights. As simple as that. And we invited the opposition to come and join hands with us for the development of the state,” he concludes.