By Mukhtar Yahya Usman
The senator representing Kano Central, Mr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is not recontesting in 2019 because he is afraid of losing to former governor Mr Ibrahim Shekarau, says the Ganduje campaign team.
Mr Muhammadu Garba, chairman publicity committee of the Ganduje gubernatorial campaign told journalists on Sunday at Karaye local governor that Kwankwaso is “a spent force who is no longer relevant politically”.
Mr Garba, who is also Kano state commissioner of information said Mr Kwankwaso “saw the writing on the wall and tactically withdrew”.
“You can recall how Shekarau dealt with him in 2003 and 2007 when he defeated him as a sitting governor and also defeated his preferred governorship candidate in the 2007 governorship elections.
“Kwankwaso’s utterances in recent times depicts that of a defeatist who is aware that he has lost touch with the realities in Kano politics.
“The depletion of his Kwankwasiyya Movement and the gale of defection by former chieftains of the Movement to our great party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) is also a pointer to the fact the former governor and his governorship candidate has already lost out even before the election.
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“You are also aware that even the remnants of the Kwankwasiyya Movement who pretend to be with him are not committed to ensuring that his in-law and political godson, who he singlehandedly made the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, against the wish of the party stakeholders, smell victory at the end of the day.
“As I speak with you, we are still receiving decampees from the Kwankwasiyya and the PDP, an indication that victory is sure for His Excellency, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.”
Mr Garba added that, “the modest achievements of governor Ganduje have also intimidated Kwankwaso and his group so much that they are finding it very difficult to sell their governorship candidate.”
He therefore advised Mr Kwankwaso and the PDP to, “swallow their pride and accept defeat because the good people of Kano state have seen the light.
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