Buhari Charges North-West Governors To Settle Kwankwaso/Ganduje Rift

President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have intervened in the crisis between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

At the instance of the President, six governors of the APC from the North-west held a meeting on Monday, with Kwankwaso and Ganduje at the former’s residence in Abuja, Daily Trust reports.

Led by Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, other governors in attendance were, Nasir el-Rufa’i (Kaduna), Badaru Abubakar (Jigawa), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), Aminu Masari (Katsina) and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).

The meeting, which started around 9pm, lasted till around 3am, when Governor Yari announced that the two politicians from Kano had agreed to work together.

Buhari, it was gathered, was concerned that the crisis may spread to other places and put the APC into trouble.

Kwankwaso’s Chief of Staff, Aminu Abdulsalam, told the newspaper that based on intervention by relevant stakeholders, his principal had agreed to work with Ganduje.

Also, Ganduje’s Director-General on Media and Communications, Malam Baba Halilu Dantiye, said the duo had brushed aside their differences.

Oyegun Warns Against Implosion In Kano APC, As National Leadership Intervene

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, has cautioned the warring parties in the Kano state chapter of the party against creating a problem that might lead to a volatile situation in the state.

His caution came just as the rift that pitched the state governor, Abdullhi Umar Ganduje, against his former boss, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, seems far from receding as 36 state lawmakers and the state executives of the party insisted on Tuesday on the suspension of former state chairman of the party, Umar Haruna Doguwa and the Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso.
Addressing a delegation of the party’s stakeholders from Kano at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, Oyegun said that allowing crisis to rock a state as sensitive and as volatile as Kano will spell doom for governance in the state.

“So it is in all our interest, your interest and certainly our interest in the national secretariat to ensure that the differences between two of our very very prominent leaders in Kano must not go any further and does not become yet another issue so that we will be feeding the press.
“Let me warn that the greatest disservice you can do to ourselves now is to be having internal wars within the party, internal war in a state as critical to us as Kano state. Kano is an important and critical state to the APC.

“The nation through no fault our is going through more difficult time. We took over in a situation that was worst than we expected. So all of us, all the party, the totality of the party must unite behind our chief executives, the President and the governors.
Oyegun said said the party has already appointed team of three led by a Deputy National Chairman (north), Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the party’s
National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, and the National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, to mediate in the crisis.
“I am also aware that the governors have also welded in. Lastly I am aware that traditional rulers in Kano State have also welded into this issue. It is a situation that we must not as a party allow to blossom. We must nip it in the bud because it is a most unnecessary, a most distracting a most capable of causing problem in a state as sensitive and to some extent as volatile as Kano State.

While making their position known to the national chairman of APC yesterday at the national Secretariat of the party, the Chief Whip, House of Representative, Hon. Ado Doguwa, who led a large delegation, made it clear that they decided to stand behind the state governor as the leader of the party in the state, “not because we hold anybody in suspect, but to respect the establishment.”

He said that the decision to relieve the chairman of APC in Kano state, Umar Haruna Doguwa and Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso still subsists, adding that Hon. Abdullahi Abbas has been appointed as caretaker chairman while Ahmed Muhammed as acting Organising Secretary.

The delegation included 36 members of the Kano state House of Assembly, members of the Kano elders committee, former members of the House of Representatives, 38 local government chairmen, 36 local government chapter of APC executives and 19 members of the House of Representatives.

“We Are Brothers”, Gov Ganduje Cools Talk Of Rift With Kwankwaso

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has stepped into the confrontation between Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and his former boss, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, over control of the party structure in the state.

Ganduje was at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday for a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari. He told reporters at the end of the parley that all was now well between him and the former governor.

He said: “The situation is under control, it is an in-house problem which is under control. We are talking about it. Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long. We are politically brothers and friends. Therefore, we will make sure that we don’t allow things to continue to fall apart.

Their face-off featured all week in the media following Kwankwaso’s visit to Kano last weekend to condole with the governor on the death of his mother. Trouble broke out after the state government alleged that people suspected to be Kwankwaso’s supporters brandished dangerous weapons and harassed innocent people during Kwankwaso’s visit. The APC leadership in the state also issued a statement strongly condemning Kwankwaso and threatened to suspend him.

The former governor disowned the thugs and accused the state government of whipping up sentiments against him.

The State House of Assembly joined the fray by passing a resolution in support of Ganduje as the leader of the APC in the state.

Asked yesterday whether he would continue to wear the red cap, which is Kwankwaso’s trademark and mostly worn by his supporters, Ganduje said: “What are you seeing on my head now?”

He said he was at the Villa to brief President Buhari on the security situation in Kano, especially on cattle rustling and kidnapping, both of which, according to him, are now under control. He explained that the amnesty package extended to those that have decided to turn a new leaf and their empowerment programme were also discussed during the meeting.

Kano Assembly Impeaches Chief Whip For Ties To Kwankwaso

The Kano State House of Assembly on Thursday impeached its chief whip, Zubairu Mamuda, for recognizing the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as the state leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Mamuda represents Madobi constituency, the country home of Kwankwaso.

The impeachment followed a motion moved by a member representing Nassarawa Local Government Area, Ibrahim Gama, on the floor of the house.

Gama, otherwise known as Lugard, stressed that Mamuda’s removal became necessary due to his disloyalty to the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

The house unanimously adopted the motion and immediately removed Mr. Mamuda.

The members then replaced Mamuda with Labaran Madari, a member representing Warawa constituency.

Kano APC Crisis: 36 Of 40 Lawmakers Pledge Allegiance To Ganduje

The speaker of Kano State House of Assembly, Kabiru Rurum, on Tuesday led 36 of the 40 members of the Kano State House of Assembly to pledge allegiance to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.

PREMIUM TIMES observed that none of the legislators wore the red cap, symbolising disloyalty to the former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso

Crisis broke in the ruling All Progressive Congress in the state when the party chairman, Umar Doguwa, announced a decision to penalise Mr. Kwankwaso for organising a “violent rally”.

Although Mr. Doguwa withdrew his statement three days after, citing coercion by the state government, the party leaders insisted the former governor must be disciplined for his action.

Pledging allegiance to the governor on Tuesday, the legislators expressed their loyalty to the governor as leader of APC in the state.

The speaker also urged the governor to abandon the red cap tradition, which signified loyalty to Mr. Kwankwaso.

He said there was no point donning the red cap when Mr. Kwankwaso and his supporters look down upon the incumbent governor.

The speaker said the entire state assembly is behind the governor, reaffirming that as the sitting governor, Mr. Ganduje is the leader of the party in the state.

In his response, Mr. Ganduje, who appeared in red cap, pacified the lawmakers and urged them to continue using the colour.

He however expressed happiness that the house had identified with him and had shown maturity by identifying with the established line of authority.

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Ganduje/Kwankwaso Rift Intensifies As Ganduje Supporters Vow To Collapse Kwankwaso Structure

The rivalry between Kano State Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor and political benefactor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso took another dimension yesterday when loyalists of the former vowed to dismantle whatever remains of the latter’s structure.

While threatening to smash the political structure of Kwankwaso 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, “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 with 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 (by) 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.”

Kano APC Leadership In Limbo As Chairman Retracts Kwankwaso Punishment Threat

The chairman of the governing All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State, Umar Doguwa, has made a u-turn by disowning the statements he made on Thursday threatening former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso with suspension for organising a “violent rally”.

Mr. Doguwa had while addressing journalists on Thursday in Kano said Mr. Kwankwaso faces suspension from the party for sponsoring a violent rally while paying a condolence visit to the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over the death of his mother.

He said Mr. Kwankwaso had exhibited “acts of indiscipline which should not be allowed to go unpunished”.

He also said the party’s leadership and elders had approved the constitution of a disciplinary committee to penalise Mr. Kwankwaso.

According to him, the condolence visit was deliberately turned to a violent rally to cause mayhem in the state, abuse the governor and President Muhammadu Buhari.

However, while addressing journalists on Saturday, the party chairman said he was forced by Mr. Ganduje to make the statements he made against Mr. Kwankwaso.

He told reporters at the Press Centre in Kano that the Executive Arm of Government under Mr. Ganduje “purely confused a social event with Politics because the visit of Kwankwaso was politicized out proportion”.

He said he was withdrawing his Thursday statement threatening to suspend the former governor.

” I hereby withdraw the statement and disassociate myself from it,” he said, adding that the comments were ” a product of warped and mischievous elements in the government whose position and antics are to cause confusion and disunity among the rank and file of our party.”

However, hours after Mr. Doguwa addressed journalists, the state secretary of the APC in Kano, Abbas Sani, also called a press conference where he insisted that Mr. Kwankwaso must be punished for what happened at Ganduje town during the condolence visit.

Mr. Sani said the u-turn by Mr. Doguwa was “unfortunate” and would be investigated.

“The APC state working committee disassociate itself from the Chairman’s rather sad twisted position and the action is nothing but a betrayal of trust shouldered on him”.

“The Chairman’s remarks are his personal opinion and that of his mentor which will not change the earlier position of investigating the action of Kwankwaso and bringing him to book”.

Mr. Sani reaffirmed his total loyalty and that of the APC working committee to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the party’s constitution.

The Secretary urged APC members in Kano to disregard the statement made by Mr. Doguwa saying they are “baseless and unfounded”.

Mr. Kwankwaso had in a reaction to the suspension threat accused his successor, Mr. Ganduje, of plotting to split the APC in Kano state.

In a statement by his aide, Yunusa Dangwani, on Friday, Mr. Kwankwaso denied being behind any “violent rally” in Ganduje town.

“It is therefore appalling and rather unfortunate that the good gesture of Sen. Kwankwaso has been mischievously interpreted wrongly.

“It is also disheartening that few hours after the death of our state Deputy Chairman Alhaji Isa Ali Danmaraya, the Government was busy coercing and misleading some party leadership into addressing a press conference that will only culminate in splitting the APC in Kano,” the statement said.

Kano APC Crisis: Kwankwaso Accuses Gov Ganduje Of Trying To Split Party

The immediate-past governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has reacted to a threat by the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to suspend him for staging a “violent rally”.

Mr. Kwankwaso, a serving senator, had on Monday visited Ganduje town on a condolence visit to his successor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who lost his mother recently.

However, the Kano APC said the condolence visit was deliberately turned to a violent rally to cause mayhem in the state, abuse the governor and President Muhammadu Buhari.

APC chairman in the Kano, Umar Doguwa, had on Thursday addressed a press conference alleging that Mr. Kwankwaso had exhibited “acts of indiscipline which should not be allowed to go unpunished”.

Mr. Doguwa said the party leadership and elders had approved the constitution of a disciplinary committee to penalise Mr. Kwankwaso.

However, the camp of the former governor, on Friday, issued a statement, saying the former governor refrained from visiting the state since May 29, 2015 when he handed over to Mr. Ganduje in order not to interfere with the state’s affairs.

According to the statement, Mr. Kwankwaso had given his successor “space and time to settle down and consolidate on Sen. Kwankwaso’s successful programmes and projects that resulted into 100% APC’s success in the 2014 local government and 2015 general elections respectively”.

The statement, signed by Mr. Kwankwaso’s aide, Yunusa Dangwani, also said the senator found it pertinent to visit his successor and condole with him over the death of his mother.

It said there had been close ties between Messrs. Kwankwaso and Ganduje, being his former deputy for eight years and also his former Special Adviser when Mr. Kwankwaso served as Minister of Defence.

The statement added that Mr. Kwankwaso also “deliberately gave short notice for the condolence visit, but was pleasantly surprised by the turnout of the good people of Kano who came to receive him at the Malam Aminu Kano Airport and escorted him to Ganduje village”.

The statement added that by the time Mr. Kwankwaso’s convoy arrived Ganduje town, they were surprised “that some local people brandished local weapons, not minding the somber occasion. It is unfortunate that they could not be chided, thus we left them with their weapons at Ganduje”.

“It is therefore appalling and rather unfortunate that the good gesture of Sen. Kwankwaso has been mischievously interpreted wrongly.

“It is also disheartening that few hours after the death of our state Deputy Chairman Alhaji Isa Ali Danmaraya the government was busy coercing and misleading some party leadership into addressing a press conference that will only culminate in splitting the APC in Kano,” the statement said.

The statement further warned Mr. Ganduje to desist from dragging the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to cover for his administration’s “obvious weaknesses”.

Mr. Kwankwaso therefore urged the governor to “strive to concentrate on facing the enormous challenges of governance such that, perhaps, he may also be revered and respected by the good people of Kano State”.

“Eighth Assembly Is Pro-People”, Says Emir Sanusi II, As @SpeakerDogara’s Delegation Visits Kano

A high-powered delegation – constituted by the Speaker House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, to condole with people of Kano state over the recent fire incidents in the state – has visited the ancient city.  The delegation, comprising of over three chairmen of House Committees, was led by the Chief Whip of the House, Rt. Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa.

Doguwa, on their arrival, led the delegation to the scene of the incident, Singa market, and assessed the damage left by the inferno. They also met with those affected by the incident and sympathized with them.

The Chief Whip promised the affected traders that the House of Representatives would work towards complementing President Buhari’s efforts towards providing succour to them.
Hon. Alhassan Doguwa then proceeded with the delegation to the Kano Chamber of Commerce, where the lawmakers held an interactive session with the stakeholders during which they received recommendations on enhancing commercial activities in the state.

The Emir of Kano, Alh. Muhammadu Sanusi II, also described the Eighth National Assembly under Rt. Hon. Dogara as pro-people. The comment was made when the delegation was received by the Senior Councillor of the Kano Emirate – His Highness, Galadiman Kano, Alh. Abbas Sanusi – who represented the Emir. He further described the effort of the House of Representatives in reaching out to the Kano people at their trying time as generous.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, and his members were also described as “people’s balm, who are out to proffer ways to relieve the Nigerian people of their difficulties”. The delegation was then thanked for their timely response regarding the inferno.

The leader of the delegation, Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, stated that the Eighth Assembly shall, at all times, be responsive to the yearnings of people.