Gov Ganduje’s Loyalists Vow to ‘Dismantle Kwankwasiyya’
Political rivalry between Kano State Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, and his predecessor-cum political godfather, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, took another dimension when loyalists of the incumbent governor vowed to dismantle whatever has remained of Kwankwaso’s (former) political structure in the state.
While threatening to smash the political structure of Kwankwaso popularly known as, ‘Kwankwasiyya Amana,’ the governor’s loyalists said they will replace it with ‘Gandujiyya Akida.’ They maintained that this is to allow Ganduje reign supreme as leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, following what they termed as “undue interference’’ in the affairs of the state by Kwankwaso.
Disclosing this on Monday, Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Print Media, Alhaji Bala Salihu Dawakin-Kudu, said, plans have been concluded to do away with anything connected to the Kwankwasiyya ideology.
According to him, “Governor Ganduje and his political followers have decided to be on their own. Enough is enough. There is no way you can have two captains in a ship without the ship sinking. As far as we are concerned, soon, you will not hear anything about Kwankwasiyya in Kano.
“Even the red cap will go with it. We are definitely going to dump it because it has no political benefit, as that era is gone. We are now talking about the Gandujiyya Akida ideology, which we are entrenching.”
The Governor’s aide gave the meaning of the new political ideology, ‘Akida,’ as: “Unshakable belief in certain issues that will be beneficial to the common man and the people of Kano State. It is a political ideology that has direct bearing on the people, their needs and aspirations as far as governance and distribution of democratic dividends are concerned.”
While tracing the root of the frosty relationship between the two camps that were hitherto united, Kudu said, “The main problem is that Kwankwaso wants to be totally in-charge. He does not want to come to terms with realities on ground that he is now a senator and not the governor of Kano State.
“He wants to be dictating for Governor Ganduje from Abuja, and this is unacceptable; it does not conform to the constitution of the APC. He wants to be the Alfa-and-Omega of APC in Kano. This is the dummy his sycophants are selling to him, but every right thinking person knows this kind of game cannot work in Kano today.”
The spokesman, while expressing disappointment at the attitude of the immediate past governor, recalled that, “For 16 years, Ganduje has been loyal and dedicated to Kwankwaso, whom he served two terms as deputy governor. He helped him in his political assignments. So, one wonders why Senator Kwankwaso will forget so soon – turning this long-rewarding relationship into a frosty one.
“When somebody loses someone, it calls for sympathy. Friends and well-wishers of the bereaved will come around and console him. Now, we ask and we want to know, why Senator Kwankwaso will bring people to Ganduje town to insult him. You have been the governor for about eight years. Now that Ganduje is here, why can’t you encourage him?; instead, you are stabbing him in the back.”