By Ayo Fadimu
Investigations by Nigerian NewsDirect have revealed that plans by Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State is responsible for the feud between the Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his erstwhile boss, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Top sources informed Nigerian NewsDirect that the quest to retain the political power of the highest voting state in Nigeria by the two gladiators ahead of 2019 elections is the cause of total breakdown of camaraderie between Kwankwaso and Ganduje and several efforts by the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) to quell the raging inferno has so far proved abortive.
Nigerian NewsDirect gathered that following pressure mounting on Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State to prepare for presidency in 2019 due to drop in popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari among Nigerians, he has set the machinery in motion to contest for the highest office in the land. Nigerian NewsDirect had broken the news in 2015 that Tambuwal preferred to contest for governorship position of Sokoto State so as to respect the interest of Northern leaders within the APC. This was contrary to the position of certain groups of APC leaders from the South.
According to the source, Gov Tambuwal knows he needs to win in Kano for him to realise his aim of presiding over the country. “Since independence, no one who lost in Kano has emerged President of Nigeria, even, late MKO Abiola won in Kano in 1993 against an indigene, Alhaji Bashir Tofa,” the source explained.
According to information from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in 2015 presidential election, Kano State had the highest number of accredited voters, totalling, 2,128,821 the state also gave President Buhari, the highest bulk votes of 1,903,999.
A top member of Kwankwasiyya foundation said that Tambuwal had started courting Ganduje to the chagrin of Kwankwaso who expected his former Deputy between 1999-2003 and 2011 to 2015 to protect his presidential interest. According to him, Kwankwanso also helped the latter to clinch the governorship ticket against other formidable opponents during 2015 gubernatorial election. “Politics is really dirty,” he lamented.
Kwankwasiya is the political vehicle through which the former governor of Kano is using to achieve his aim of ruling the country.
Last weekend, Ganduje organized a 3-day retreat for officials and other stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano.The venue of the event was Sokoto. The Zonal Vice Chairman of the party, North West, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, described the retreat as the first of its kind organized by any of the state chapters of the party.
Expectedly, Senator Kwankwaso and some National Assembly members from Kano state were absent at the 3-day retreat, and no reason was given on why the former governor and some of his colleagues at the Assembly were not present at the retreat which was attended by the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun among other national and zonal APC leaders.
Although, Ganduje said the retreat was organized for stocktaking on the achievements and problems confronting the party in the state, and to chart the way forward, political observers said it was a ploy to bring more intimacy between Kano APC and Tambuwal.
However, Ganduje insisted that despite insinuations in some quarters, APC in Kano is still united and indivisible.
In his remarks, at the retreat, Tambuwal, said gatherings like that would help keep the party on the right track.
Tambuwal said, “This is to ensure that government is properly adjusted in the interest of the common people.”
Another top member of Kwankwasiyya foundation who spoke with Nigerian NewsDirect strictly on the condition of anonymity said that Kwankwasiyya was a large family strictly for humanitarian purposes and not for political reasons.
“We have started reducing some of our activities so that political meanings will not be read into it”.
However, he debunked any insinuation that Kwankwaso has presidential ambition in 2019. According to him, the former governor is from APC just as the sitting president is from APC, he still remains a committed member of the party.
When asked if Senator Kwankwaso was considering