- Three top members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have been trading words over an alleged plan to quit the party
- Rabiu Kwankwaso has revealed that Atiku Abubakar and Governor Ganduje are planning a new party to wrestle the APC in 2019
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state are planning a new party to tackle the Muhammadu Buhari’s second term chance in 2019, Rabiu Kwankwaso has said.
Kwankwaso was a governor of Kano, who is reportedly also eyeing the presidency and has been gaining support in the northern part of Nigeria.
The Cable reports that Kwankwaso also claimed that the two politicians, both top members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), have been romancing the faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Ahmed Makarfi.
According to Kwankwaso, Ganduje had always condemned the leadership style of the APC, but has been marking time.
Kwankwaso said in a statement through Suleiman Bichi, the former secretary to the government of Kano: “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.”
The former governor also denied earlier stories that he had dumped the APC for the PDP adding: “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.”
In his reaction, however, Atiku Abubakar, through his spokesperson, Paul Ibe, said: “As the leader of the party in the state, the governor does not want to lose a member, not to talk of leaving to another party.
“If Kwankwaso and his supporters are thinking along that line, our advice to them is to remain in the party.
“The APC is on ground in Kano and Nigeria, so where is he going? They just planted that report outside there.”