The lingering political tussle between the incumbent governor of Kano State Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso took a new dimension on Wednesday, when Ganduje ruled out any possibility of a reconciliation.
Speaking at a function in Kano on Wednesday, Ganduje said he has had enough of the numerous attacks from the senator and his followers, since he took office in 2015.
“We have had enough of such a vendetta, which had been raging with no end in sight. We have parted ways with Kwankwasiyya forever,” he said.
“They have erroneously believed and have been telling people that we are on the road to losing our seat in the 2019 general election. I find such a permutation laughable and a mere ranting of a wounded lion.”
Ganduje further urged members of the All Progressives Congress in the state to work towards the victory of the party during the 2019 general elections.
Both men were political allies with Mr. Ganduje serving as deputy to Mr. Kwankwaso. All went well right till when Ganduje succeeded his former boss as governor in 2015.
A political feud between them started when Ganduje sent his list of cabinet members to the state House of Assembly for confirmation. Kwankwaso’s loyalists had cried out that his successor had shut them out.
This situation degenerated into several hostile verbal exchanges between supporters of the former governor – Kwankwasiyya – and his successor.
Despite the rumoured pretense that all was well between both parties, the beans was spilled when the former governor paid Ganduje a visit in 2016 to condole with his successor over the death of the latter’s mother.
During the visit, supporters of Kwankwaso, who accompanied him to Ganduje’s family home, was said to have verbally assaulted some government officials and threatened them.
The governor was reported to be bitter and did not hide his displeasure over what some of his supporters described as the desecration of the family’s mourning venue.
However, officials close to the two sides have confirmed that the quarrel between Kwankwaso and Ganduje had been on for long before it became public.
They disclosed that the furore generated by the condolence visit was just the last straw that broke the camel’s back.
According to Kwankwaso’s supporters, the incumbent governor had effectively shut the senator out of the affairs of the state, noting that some of Kwankwaso’s signature programmes and projects have either been abandoned or cancelled.