BEVERLY HILLS, March 15, (THEWILL) – A former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has accused his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, and a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar of plotting to float a new party ahead of the 2019 elections.
He also alleged that the two top chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have been “hobnobbing” with the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and are the backers of a proposed political party, Advanced PDP.
The lawmaker, whose relationship with Ganduje, his former ally and deputy, turned sour shortly after the latter took over from him, pointed out that the incumbent governor had never hidden his disdain for the leadership style of the APC, but has been marking time.
Kwankwaso made this allegation in a statement issued on his behalf on Wednesday by a former Secretary to the Kano Government, Suleiman Bichi.
According to the statement, “It has been brought to our attention that Governor Ganduje of Kano state has been working with the Makarfi faction of the PDP and other politicians of northern extraction, and from what we know, they are aspiring to float a new party, the APDP.
“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 Umar Doguwa as the substantive chairman of the party as against the government’s imposed leadership of an adviser to the governor who is even an outsider to the leadership of the party, and is against the party constitution.”
While debunking reports that Kwankwaso was considering defecting from the APC, the statement said, “To set the record straight, we have to understand that these lies originated from Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, who bears no allegiance to Senator Kwankwaso.
“Musa Iliyasu worked with Malam Shekarau (also a fromer governor of Kano) as commissioner for local governments and still stands in as his spokesperson.
“Also, 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 comes from the same town with Senator Kwankwaso could speak for the distinguished senator. Not on a matter like this.
“On this note, I want to affirm that Senator Kwankwaso is still in the APC, and as is his trademark, he is loyal to any course he believes in. Such is the case with the APC.”