Kwankwaso, pawn or joker in Ganduje, Shekarau’s tussle for Kano APC — Politics — The Guardian Nigeria Information – Nigeria and World Information


The unfolding triangular political duel in Kano State, involving the incumbent and two former governors, bears credence to the saying that when the abdomen constipates, the mouth confesses. Within the telling political supremacy battle within the state, there are indicators that the hunter has develop into the hunted.

The three political actors, who’ve held sway within the state these previous 24 years of Nigeria’s fourth republic, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau and Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, are already entangled in a suspense-filled political rumpus within the state.

Governor Ganduje appears to have allowed his guileless politics and good humour to translate into overconfidence, particularly after deploying tact, Abuja connection and energy of incumbency to isolate his former benefactor, Kwankwaso from the governing All Progressives Congress (APC).

In 2019, Governor Ganduje, like a boy that all of a sudden grew to become a person, pulled all strings to make sure that Kwankwaso’s underling, Abba Kabir Yusuf, didn’t make it to the Authorities Home on the expense of his (Ganduje’s) second time period. Ever since that bitter electoral contest, Kwankwaso has remained aloof, not solely on account of how he was demystified, additionally in recollection of previous good deeds performed to his former ally.

The end result of the governorship ballot, after it went by way of a supplementary train following the declaration of the election as inconclusive, confirmed that the incumbent escaped with a slim margin of victory. Whereas Ganduje and his working mate, Nasir Yusuf Gawuna polled 1, 033, 695 votes, the PDP candidate, Yusuf and his deputy, Aminu Abdussalam returned a complete of 1, 024, 713 ballots.

Piqued by the paltry 8,982 votes that separated his acolytes from the incumbent, Kwankwaso propelled the PDP customary bearers to problem the lead to courtroom.

The journeying by way of the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal by way of the Court docket of Enchantment to the Apex Court docket, within the try and sack Governor Ganduje led to futility.

However, two years after he snatched his second time period mandate from the hard-fighting Kwankwasiyya Motion led by his estranged godfather, Ganduje’s try and sideline a former rival turned ally, Senator Shekarau, boomeranged.

The incumbent governor, who was instrumental to the return of Shekarau to APC, took it as a right that the previous governor remained an outsider within the APC energy loop, and due to this fact sought to make use of the state congress to stamp his authority firmly on the state chapter of the governing social gathering.

However that effort opened a brand new frontier of energy play throughout the governing social gathering in addition to offered a gap for a doable Shekarau and Kwankaso rapprochement.

Though on the final lap of his second time period, Governor Ganduje knew that with out a robust leash on the social gathering construction, his aspiration of implanting a successor, whereas retiring to the Senate can be a pipe dream.

Defection rumours
NOT longer after it grew to become obvious that the incumbent was shedding the APC construction to Shekarau, who changed him as consultant of Kano Central Senatorial District within the Nationwide Meeting, Kwankwaso regained his voice and presence within the political equation within the state.

As Senator Kwankwaso granted media interviews lamenting the best way he was pushed out of APC by very highly effective forces in Abuja with the assistance of his former deputy, Ganduje, the governor launched a cryptic New 12 months message through which he hinted at reconciliation and peace to maneuver Kano ahead.

The speedy mixed impact of these developments was the hypothesis that the founding father of Kwankwasiyya Motion, was on his approach again to the governing APC.

The previous governor bolstered the hearsay when he acknowledged that his political future can be predicated on what turns into of the enchantment filed by the speedy previous PDP nationwide chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, on the Supreme Court docket over his (Secondus’s) inexplicable elimination from workplace earlier than the tip of his time period.

In accordance with Kwankwaso, who acknowledged that he was weighing the choices of returning to the governing social gathering, “returning to APC wouldn’t be one thing unusual as there are not any everlasting enemies in politics.”

Bemoaning his political funding in APC in Kano State, Kwankwaso stated he was unjustly handled, recalling how he “performed a really vital function in placing the construction in Kano and even within the nation.”

“I additionally participated actively within the main elections and the nationwide election in Kano. I participated actively in mobilising folks to vote. In 2015, Kano produced over 1.9 million votes for the APC. All our elected officers had been in APC; the 40 members of the Home of Meeting, 24 Home of Reps members, three senators, governor and each place.

“However, as a substitute of everybody appreciating, all of them began combating unnecessarily to the extent that they determined to kick me out of Kano for 3 and a half years for no motive,” he surmised.

Commenting on the hard-fought 2019 governorship ballot, Kwankwaso, dismissed the outcome, sustaining that Abba Kabir Yusuf, the PDP candidate defeated Ganduje, however was merely “denied the seat of energy by highly effective forces.”

Though he famous that “if not that they fought me, I’d have remained in APC,” the previous governor sustained the puzzle over his subsequent political transfer by asserting: “In politics, every part is feasible on this recreation… We don’t need any everlasting enemy. What we would like are everlasting pals.”

Courting mistake
APPEARING on a Deutsche Walle (German Radio) Hausa programme just lately, Senator Kwankwaso defined that his subsequent political transfer relies on developments within the polity, at the same time as he pinned his defection to APC on the opinion of people.

He maintained that “in 2023, I imagine many issues are prone to occur,” including that how the apex courtroom guidelines on the PDP nationwide chairmanship matter, will decide the way forward for the social gathering.

He famous manoeuvres inside APC, saying that the governing social gathering was certain to make related errors as PDP did in 2015. “And as soon as they make errors, the outcome might even be worse than what occurred to PDP.

On his relationship with Governor Ganduje, Kwankwaso disclosed that the governor solely paid him condolence over the lack of his brother, insisting that in politics there was no approach of “predicting what’s going to occur sooner or later, you can not rule out any state of affairs. Reconciliation or not, as we transfer forward, time is of the essence on this problem, time will inform.”

Sources in Kano disclosed that Kwankwaso was merely scary Governor Ganduje with the speculated plan to re-join APC, at the same time as the previous governor was ready to barter a greater deal for his group inside PDP in the midst of the reconciliation course of engineered by the brand new Nationwide Working Committee led by Prof. Iyorcha Ayu.

It could be recalled that in the midst of his interview with DW Hausa service, Kwankwaso remarked that though he was pained by the therapy meted to his supporters in the course of the PDP congress in Kaduna final 12 months, he didn’t ponder defection. “There isn’t a plan for me to go away PDP to affix APC or another social gathering. There have been points, that are very clear to nearly everyone in the course of the congress in April final 12 months in Kaduna. That’s that I used to be not being handled nicely and Kano was not being handled the best way it must be.”

Nevertheless, The Guardian gathered that Kwankwaso plans to retain the Kano State PDP construction to reposition his loyalists for a showdown with Senator Shekarau’s supporters within the 2023 governorship.

Members of the Kwankasiyya Motion imagine that it was higher for them to stay in PDP as a substitute of going into APC, the place the battle between Governor Ganduje and Senator Shekarau would play to their benefit in 2023.

“Mallam gained’t return to APC, he desires to contest for the President in 2023,” Kwankwaso’s ally confided in The Guardian, disclosing that the previous governor doesn’t wish to depart the social gathering for the incumbent Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, to have a area day.

Because the APC continues to bicker over date for its nationwide conference, when it could be clear how the social gathering stands in most states, particularly Kano, Zamfara, Gombe, Enugu, Lagos, Ogun and Abia, the place there had been contentious primaries, Kwankwaso and his group have to be watching as issues unfold.

Nevertheless, it’s apparent that the three musketeers of Kano State politics-Governor Ganduje and his predecessors- would maintain their supremacy on completely different fronts even when Ganduje capitulates to Senator Shekarau on APC platform.



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