THE SUPREMACY-RIFT between Governor Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso has entered a new phase with the invasion of Kwankwasos house by Police men to stop him from conducting a mass wedding. Also moves by Kano state governor to reshuffle his cabinet and remove every supporter of Kwankwaso. Now the stage is set for a full blown war as the Governor has sworn to clip the wings of the former governor,enator Rabi’u Kwankwaso, now representing Kano Central Senatorial District. The long- drawn supremacy battle between the former governor and his successor had become a major governance distraction that provoked diehard loyalists of Governor Ganduje to fast- track plans to breakaway from what they alleged as the over-bearing “Kwankwasiyya Amana political movement”. There are indications that Governor Ganduje may soon reshuffle his cabinet as another step to take full responsibility of his administration. The rivalry between the two has led the Kano State House of Assembly to order the immediate removal of all Kwankwasiyya inscriptions from public buildings in Kano metropolis and other local government areas of the state. Reason for the fight include talks of undue pressure from the camps of Senator Kwankwaso, coercing the administration to take certain decisions that ordinarily should not have been in the interest of the state. Part of the signs that the war is getting serious is that the red-cap symbol of Kwankwasiyya Amana may soon disappear in the political space of Kano state. Special adviser to Governor Ganduje on print media, Alhaji Bala Salihu Dawakin Kudu also confirmed this development when he traced the latest political rivalry between Ganduje and Kwankwaso to Kwankwaso’s insistence to remain fully in charge as the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano. The rift between Governor Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Kwankwaso degenerated further, as Ganduje threatens to expose his former boss. Ganduje’s aide hinted that plans were already afloat for a new political ideology known as the “Gandujiyya Akida”. He said: “I must tell you that Governor Ganduje and his political followers have decided to be on their own. There is no way you can have two captains in a ship without the ship sinking. So, as far as we are concerned, very soon, you will not hear anything Kwankwasiyya in Kano. “Even the red-cap will go with it; we are definitely going to dump it because it has no political bene¬fit because that era is gone. We are now talking about the Gandujiyya Akida ideology which we are en¬trenching.” According to him, the new political acronym (Gandujiyya Akida) means, “Unshakable belief on certain issues that will be beneficial to the common man and the peo¬ple of Kano state. It is a political ideology that has direct bearing to the people, their needs and aspirations as far as governance and distribution of democratic dividends are
concerned.” He added that: “the main problem is that Kwankwaso wants to be totally in-charge. He does not want to come to terms with the realities on ground that he is now a Senator and not the executive governor of Kano State. “He wants to be dictating for Governor Ganduje from Abuja and that is totally unacceptable; and does not conform to the con-stitution of APC, our great party. “He wants to be the Alpha and the Omega of APC in Kano. This is the dummy his sycophants are selling to him, but every right thinking person knows that this kind of game cannot work here in the Kano of today.” “For 16 years, Governor Ganduje has been very loyal, dedicated and humble to
Kwankwaso whom he served two-terms as Deputy Governor and also helped him out in other political assignments. So, one wonders why Senator Kwankwaso will forget so soon and now turn this long- rewarding relationship into a frosty one. “When somebody loses someone, it calls for sympathy. Friends and well- wishers of the bereaved will come around and console him. Now, we ask and we want to know why Senator Kwankwaso will gather people to Ganduje town just to insult Governor Ganduje. “You have been the gover¬nor for about eight years, now that Ganduje is here, why can’t you encourage him, instead you are stabbing him in the back.” Meanwhile, speaking for the first time since the demise of his mother last week, Governor Umar Ganduje has fired back at his former boss and accused him of harboring criminals and miscreants loitering the state with dangerous weapons. The governor appealed to the people of Kano not to allow anybody that is determined to bring President Muhammadu Buhari down in the state. Speaking on Monday, March 14, while inspecting road projects at Dakata-Bella road in Nassarawa local government area of the state, Ganduje threatened to expose “shoddy deals” perpetrated by his predecessor. Dr Ganduje went on to further stress that government and people of Kano will not abandon President Muhammadu Buhari to the detriment of any politician, stressing that anybody who feels that President Buhari should be abandoned at this time must rethink or go elsewhere to pursue his/her dreams. Senator Kwankwaso was in Kano last Monday for the first time since he left Office. He visited Ganduje over the death of his mother. The visit by Kwankwaso generated alot of controversies as an army of political thugs that accompanied him rained abuses on the governor, his deputy, commissioners and other political appointees and were seen displaying posters bearing “Kwankwaso for President”, a situation that prompted APC leadership in the state to call the visit an illegal political rally.


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