Ahead of the 2019 general election, former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has accused ex-Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar and current Governor of his State, Abdullahi Ganduje, of plotting to float a new political party.
In a statement by former Secretary to the Kano State Government, Suleiman Bichi, Kwankawso alleged that both men, who are Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC, are “hobnobbing” with the Ahmed Makarfi’s faction of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Kwankwaso, in the statement also denied reports saying he was planning to leave the ruling APC.
He said, “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.
“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.”