2019: Kwankwaso Begins Race To Aso Rock In Anambra

A former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has flagged off his bid to win the 2019 presidency.

He was in Anambra State On Thursday, where he met with the leadership of his group, the Kwankwaso Movement, and the Hausa community in the state.

In his address at the gathering, the presidential hopeful asked for the support of the people to enable him achieve his presidential ambition. He noted that the first hurdle would be to emerge victorious in the primary election.

He listed incessant killings and economic meltdown as what informed his decision to contest.

His words: “I am in this contest because I want to restore the lost glory of the country. I have come to see the people of the state and thank them for their support to me.

“The South-East region is important in this journey because we cannot do without them.

“Election is not a do-or- die and my successor, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who is opposing my ambition should have a rethink and join me to better the welfare of Nigerians.

“The only hurdle before us is the primary election. I assure you, if I am able to win the primaries, winning the main election will not be difficult because I know I will win.”

Kwankwaso commended the Hausa community in the state for coming out en-masse to show support for one of their own.

He described the recent killings in the country as unfortunate and called on the Federal Government to show more concern towards the governed.

On his part, the state chairman of the Kwankwasiyya movement, John Ndiche, commended Kwankwaso for coming to see them despite his tight schedules.

He gave assurances that the state would support his ambition, praying God to grant him victory. Kwankwaso had, on arrival, paid a courtesy call on the traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido, who gave him a royal blessing.

Senate Intervenes In Kwankwaso And Ganduje Feud

The Nigerian Senate has decided to intervene in the feud between Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano Central) and Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The Senate directed the committee on Police affairs summon the inspector General of Police to provide adequate security to Senator Kwankwaso to enable him visit his constituency in Kano State.

This directive, Senate insisted is to prevent reoccurrence and or avert same action by the security agencies to not someday be taken against any lawmaker who may wish to visit his or constituency.

The lawmakers frowned and condemned in strong term the action of the Kano State Police Command that advised Kwankwaso against embarking on a visit to his constituency.

The police had claimed that the visit would generate tension in the area which may lead to breakdown of law and order.

The feud between the duo, took a deadly dimension when recently, about six members of the Kwankwasiyya and Gandujiyya groups clashed in Kano and several persons were seriously injured.

The resolution became necesasry following a motion moved by Senator Isah Misau (Bauchi Central) on Wednesday, on the alarming thuggery in Kano State where, he noted, carriage of arms by youths have continued unabated. He alleged that the armed youths were sponsored and that the police were also influenced to halt Senator Kwankwaso’s visit to Kano.

Misau queried why some prominent politicians have resorted to providing arms to youths, instead of giving them jobs and asked the Senate to quickly investigate the crisis in Kano State.

But Senators Kabiru Gaya (Kano South) and Barau Jibrin (Kano North) vehemenly kicked against the motion. While Barau described Misau as a busy body who is only interloping into the “backyard squabbles” of the Kano people, Gaya stated that the feud between Kwankwaso and Ganduje is a family matter and should not be brought before the floor of the Senate. He maintained that fervent efforts are on to resolve the crisis.

Although Senator Kwankwaso when asked to comment, blatantly refused to make essential contribution on the issue in plenary, insisting that as statesman, he would not want to speak on a matter that is under resolution.

Meanwhile, Senate President, Bukola Saraki in his ruling advised politicians to always resolve issues amicably with the view to fostering harmony, unity and development.

“We must always try to resolve issues amicably and to also, always detect the kind of matters that will be brought to the floor of Senate. It is not right that a Senator cannot visit his constituency. The committee on police should summon the IGP and they must provide security to Senator Kwankwaso to enable him visit his constituency,” Saraki insisted.