“I Was Forced to Blackmail Kwankwaso” – Kano APC Chairman
In what appears as but drama and political blackmail ensued weekend when the Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Kano State, Alhaji Umar Doguwa, turned round and leaked his saliva, declaring that he was coerced to sign and address a news conference in which he threatened suspension and disciplinary action against the immediate past governor of Kano state, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, over alleged anti-party activities.
The APC chairman had last week Thursday addressed a press conference in Kano where his party accused Kwankwaso of hiring thugs to insult Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje during a condolence visit to Ganduje’s home town.
Doguwa, who made the clarification, while addressing a news conference in Kano on Saturday said, “I felt duty-bound to make it unequivocally clear to our esteemed followers that the previous press statement read and signed by me was not written and made by my humble self.
“I neither participated in the drafting, but rather I was coerced to sign under duress
and close marking by the state apparatus. What makes it more curious for me to recant this is the fact that elders’ committee is not part of party executives; hence,
procedurally, we cannot issue a joint statement,” Doguwa said.
He also said that it was an oversight on the part of the party to have made the earlier press statement on the condolence visit. Umar said the earlier press statement he renounced was indeed a product of “warped and mischievous elements” whose stands and antics were causing confusion and disunity amongst rank-and-file of their great party and Ganduje’s administration.
Alhaji Doguwa further said the party will continue to operate within the ambit of its constitution in dealing with every member of the party.
“We have observed with concern that the action was capable of putting up our members against each other – as the condolence visit of the former governor has
been politicised out of proportion,” he said.
Senator Kawakwaso and his successor-cum (former) political god son have been having a running battle since the latter took over the mantle of leadership in Kano.