2019: Kwankwaso, Lamido presidential ambition divides North

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….As Ganduje says Kwankwaso remains a friend

Dare Raji

Plans by the former governor of Kano  State Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and former Governor Jigawa state Alhaji Sule Lamido  to contest for Presidency may lead to clash of  Elders and Youths from the North.

This is a follow up to the declaration of former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, on Thursday in Anambra State to vie for presidency in the 2019 general election.

In Abuja yesterday, Governor Abdullahi  Ganduje  declared  that Kwankwaso remains his friend despite effort made to control his administration from outside. However, the same Ganduje said recently at an event in Kano that he is severing ties with the Kwankwasiyya movement, while ruling out the possibility of reconciling with  former governor Kwankwaso.

He said “We have had enough of such a vendetta, which had been raging with no end in sight. We have parted ways with Kwankwasiyya forever.

“They have erroneously believed and have been telling people that we are on the road to losing our seat in the 2019 general election. I find such a permutation laughable and a mere ranting of a wounded lion.”

Kwankwaso, has had a running battle with the incumbent governor following the disagreement between the two political juggernauts over cabinet appointments. It was alleged that Kwankwaso and his men felt shortchanged by Ganduje for shutting his men out on the list of political appointees in the state and the allegation of N379 billion debts which Kwankwaso left after his tenure as governor of the state.

Kwankwaso dwindling political movement in Kano is an indicator that he might not get the political support in actualizing his ambition in the 2019 Presidential election as Kano state votes is a major requirement for any presidential candidate to emerge victorious at the poll. It should be recalled that Buhari got  1, 903,999 votes from Kano State in the 2015 election while Dr. Goodluck Jonathan got 215,779 votes.

It will be recalled that a Northern based political youths group with headquarters in Kano, Siyasa Akida Network Nigeria had urged immediate past governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido to contest 2019 presidency to salvage the country from drifting. In response to the pressure from several other youth groups, Lamido wrote the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) late last year  of his decision to seek the party’s flag in the next presidential election.

According to a report, Lamido said in his letter that all the party needs to reposition Nigeria is to take over power in 2019 and bring the country back to the path of recovery.

Even though Kwankwaso and Lamido   belong to two different parties currently, the division and clash according to a reliable source is the delay in declaration of interest to contest for President in 2019 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The clash of youths and elders over the 2019 presidential ambition  of the two aspirants is another  threat  to peace in Kano.

According to a source, the decision of Northern elders  championing for a consensus candidate ahead of the 2019 presidential election did not go well with youths from the North in support of Lamido considering the defection of Kwankwaso back to the PDP as a threat to the selection of Lamido from the same North West.

Kwankwanso Presidential ambition faces another hurdle in APC as he might face a huge task in defeating and displacing President Muhammadu Buhari who might be seeking a second term in office despite call from former President Olusegun Obasanjo advising him to take a deserved rest and not contest for the 2019 presidential election, and the purported letter written by Ex-Military Ibrahim Babaginda advising Buhari not to seek a second term in office.

NewsDirect Gathered at the weekend that the Northern elders have set up a committee to shop for a credible candidate from the north other than President Muhammadu Buhari. It was learnt that Buhari and late President Umaru Yar’Adua, both from the Katsina, North West Nigeria, were not chosen by northerners but rather imposed on the North by certain powerful forces in the country.

Kwankwaso battles the for the presidency slot in the North will come with a strong resistance following the decision of former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji SuleLamido, a strong allies of Obasanjo who is also interested in contesting under the People Democratic Party and Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Following the word of Dr Bello Haliru Muhammed, a former Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, it was concluded that the northern elders is seeking for a younger and credible candidate who can defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

“We believe, there is an urgent need to hold a conversation amongst us with a view to devising practical strategies, options and choices in all matters relating to the 2019 general elections.

“We believe this should be encouraged, supported and vigorously pursued in order to produce a dynamic and committed political leadership that Nigeria so desperately needs at this juncture.”

The choice of the Northern elders will include the credibility of the candidate, and how the candidate can secure enough vote from Kano, Kaduna and Katsina states which were the state the incumbent President won massively in the 2015 election.

The Kano State Governor, Abdullah Ganduje, has spoken out about his feud with former governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and explained why he has a real, real problem with his former friend.

Ganduje revealed that his resistance of Rabiu Kwankwaso’s control from outside is the reason behind their feud in recent times.

“ You will get  to a point you cannot rule and manage a state and then you are being controlled from outside, you know that one is very very difficult to happen if you look at the psychology of leaders.”

Ganduje was speaking with State House Correspondents on the sidelines of Hightable Dialogue on Ethical Values and National Security held at the State House Conference Center, Abuja,

“In fact my political history cannot be complete without Kwankwaso and the history of Kwankwaso politics cannot be complete without me. But somewhere somehow things went wrong.

They had taken their rivalry to the next level in January when they fixed rallies for the same area on the same day.

President Buhari had to prevailed on the former governor of the state also known as Kwankwasiyya, to call off his at the last minute.Ganduje Monday promised to get 5 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano, should the president run for second term.

Votes cast in the 2015 presidential elections was 2,172,447, with the APC having 1,903,999, the closest was the PDP with a mere 215,779.

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