KANO – Immediate past Governor of Kano state, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Wednesday, accused the former vice president, Atiku Abubakar and Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of working with Makarfi led faction to tumble the ruling APC in 2019.
A statement issued on his behalf by the former Secretary to Kano state Government, Rabiu Suleiman and made available to the media in Kano denied news report of his purported defection from All Progressive Party (APC). The strongman of Kano politics in the press statement alleged that, “what is true is that it has been brought to our attention that Governor Ganduje of Kano State has been working with the Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other politicians of northern extraction, and from what we know, they are aspiring to float a new party, the APDP.” Senator Kwankwaso (Kano central) said that he was not surprised by the political move of the two political gladiators going by their antecedent. According to Kwankwaso “It is a well known fact that Governor Ganduje is not happy with the APC’s style of leadership and its commitment to stand on the side of the truth. This is evident in the letter the national leadership of the APC sent to Kano, reaffirming the chairmanship of Umar Haruna Doguwa as the substantive chairman of the party as against the government’s imposed leadership.” Kwankwaso who ruled Kano in 1999 but lost a second term bid in 2003,staged a dramatic stunt in 2011 declared that he remains a senior stakeholder in the ruling All Progressive Party. Kwankwaso also said he has no reason to defect from the APC but accused one certain Illiyasu Kwankwaso as been used to smear his name and political standing. In his words “to set the record straight, we have to understand that these lies originated from Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, who bears no allegiance to Senator Kwankwaso.
Accordingly, “Musa Iliyasu worked with Malam Shekarau as his Commissioner for Local Governments and still stands in as his spokesperson. Kwankwaso further said “it is an open secret that Governor Ganduje and Malam Shekarau have pitched tent against Senator Kwankwaso, hence, there is no way, Musa Iliyasu, even though he came from the same town with Senator Kwankwaso could speak for the Distinguished Senator. Not on a matter like this”.