Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Friday described, modestly, the results of the just concluded re-run elections of members of the House of Representatives and that of the State House of Assembly, where All Progressives Congress (APC) emerged victorious as a clear indication of how the former governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso has been retired from politics.
He noted that sequel to all these, the Supreme Court victory that consolidated the mandate given to him by the electorate put an to the leader of Kwankwasiyya movement political voyage.
“Some years back when Kwankwaso was warming up to contest for the presidential seat, he boasted that he would retire President Muhammadu Buhari from politics. Saying also that he would retire me from politics. But if you look at it now, who has then been forced to retire,’’ asked Ganduje.
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Friday and obtained by Solacebase.
According to the statement, this was made known at the Council Chamber, Friday, when the Speaker Kano State House of Assembly, Abdulaziz Garba Gafasa with other Principal Officers of the House, State APC Chairman and other party leaders with elders, presented to the governor the newly elected 4 state legislators immediately after they collected their Certificates of Return from Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
They are from Madobi, Bunkure, Minjibir and Rogo constituencies. Amongst them, 3 of the constituencies, Bunkure, Minjibir and Madobi, were APC that were challenged in Court by the opposition party, while Rogo was under the fold of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and has now come under APC fold after the re-run election.
While praising the member representing Madobi, Kwankwaso’s constituency, Kabiru Cunkoso, governor Ganduje commended him for being part of the pillars that pushed Kwankwaso aside politically, without incurring any casualty.
Ganduje listed some of the factors that caused the sustainability of Kwankwaso’s retirement from politics, to include “Member of the State Assembly from Madobi, member House of Representatives from there, Chairman of the local government, Councillors, Senator from where Madobi falls in, state governor and President are all APC. So is somebody waiting for him to know that we retire him (Kwankwaso) from politics,” rhetorically asked.
He called on the elected members, to always respect party leadership and be loyal to the party, adding that, “We believe that the supremacy of the party should always be observed with all intent and purposes. You should make sure that you are loyal party members.”
Ganduje congratulates the father of the former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Alhaji Musa Kwankwaso over his elevation from Majidadin Karaye to the position of Makaman Karaye Emirate, a Kingmaker in the Emirate, saying that “He deserved the position very well. Our respectful father and an elder statesman. I am congratulating him on behalf of the government and people of Kano state.”
“We pray that Allah gives him all assistance to allow him to discharge all his assigned responsibilities very well. Our father is very hardworking and very close to his people. That, among others, will help him perform wonderfully well,” he assured.
On why APC fails to secure the seat of the House of Representatives member representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, he said, “We couldn’t get that seat as a result of the crisis that rocked the party at the constituency. The APC candidate was in conflict with the leadership of the party in the state, in the local government, with the local government administration and even with the electorate. That caused us to lose the seat, as a party.”
But even at that, according to the governor, the winner of the party, who came from the opposition PDP, was on the radio announcing his resolve to work hand in hand with the administration of President Buhari and Kano state government. He said this is commendable.
That, according to the governor “…was made possible because of the hands of friendship I extended to all people urging them to come and join hands with us and move the state forward in particular and the nation in general. We are happy to see that so many people including the just elected member House of Representatives, from Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, Ali Datti Yako, heeds to the call.”
Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Abdulaziz Gafasa assured the governor that, the House has two over three of the members as APC, encouraging that, “We are comfortable, enough members to back and support any government policies for the overall development of the state.”
Gafasa reveals that more members were coming to join the ruling APC in the House, “…they too believe in how this administration is fast developing the state. With this, I can say, our governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is doing very well for the overall development of the state.”