Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State, Alhaji Umar Doguwa has declared that he was coerced to sign and address a news conference in which he threatened suspension and disciplinary action against the immediate past governor of the state, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, over alleged use of thugs to insult Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
The APC chairman had last week Thursday addressed a press conference in Kano, at which his party accused Kwankwaso of hiring thugs to insult Governor Ganduje during a condolence visit to the gobernor’s home town.
Doguwa \t the conference said “I felt duty-bound to make it unequivocally clear to our esteemed followers that the previous press statement read and signed by me was not written and made by my humble self.
“I neither participated in the drafting but rather I was coerced to sign under duress and close marking by the state apparatus.
“What makes it more curious for me to recant this is the fact that elders committee is not part of party executives hence, procedurally, we cannot issue a joint statement,” Doguwa said.
He also said that it was an oversight on the part of the party to have made the earlier press statement on the condolence visit.
The state party chairman said the earlier press statement he renounced was indeed a product of “warped and mischievous elements” whose stands and antics were causing confusion and disunity amongst rank and file of the party and Ganduje’s administration.
He further said the party would continue operate within the ambit of its constitution in dealing with every member of the party.
“We have observed with concern that the action was capable of putting up our members against each other as the condolence visit of the former governor has been politicised out of proportion,” he said.
Senator Kawakwaso and his successor and political god son have been having a running battle since the later took over the mantle of leadership in the state.


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