SAN FRANCISCO, January 29, (THEWILL) – Rabiu Kwankwaso, Senator representing Kano central and former Governor of the state, has suspended his planned visit to Kano earlier scheduled for Tuesday, January 30.
THEWILL recalls that the state police Commissioner, Mr Rabi’u Yusuf, had on Friday advised against the planned visit for security reasons following a stand-off between Kwankwaso, and Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano state, who was Kwankwaso’s deputy all through the eight years he presided over Kano but both men fell apart shortly after the 2015 elections.
Kwankwaso had insisted that he would visit as planned, however, the Chairman of Kwankwaso Visit Reception Committee, Dr Rabi’u Bichi, announced the suspension while addressing newsmen in Kano on Monday revealing that the decision followed the intervention of some well-meaning Nigerians who called from home and abroad.
“This standoff has attracted the attention of well-meaning Nigerians at home and abroad,” he said.
“They have called to give advice that mostly borders on the preservation of lives and property of our supporters and admirers.
“In view of the above and after lengthy consultations with well-meaning Nigerians, we painfully have decided to shelve the visit at the moment.
“It is important to state that Kwankwaso’s visit will never be a reason to deliberately inconvenience any citizen, small or big let alone spill a drop of blood.
“We, therefore, appeal for peace, calm and call on our supporters to disregard any provocative statement.”
Meanwhile, Kwankwaso, and Ganduje have been summoned to the presidential villa in Abuja over the feud between the two of them.
On Monday, the Governor, accompanied by two serving Senators and two members of the House of Representatives from the state, met with Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the president.
Ganduje, however, declined to speak with state house correspondents after the meeting.
Kwankwaso is also expected to meet with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa later in the day.