By Muhammed Bello, Kano
Kano state political firmament continue to witness tension as the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his erstwhile political godfather and former governor, Senator Musa Kwankwaso trade tackles ahead of next month’s general election. Kwankwaso, a former chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over unfair treatment by the Kano state APC led by the governor, Umar Ganduje.
Previously, effort by prominent Kano politicians and traditional rulers to settle Ganduje and Kwankwaso were futile as both were not willing to shift grounds.
Today, the former governor is spearheading the political struggle to dislodge Umar Ganduje through the PDP gubernatorial candidate in next month’s elections. The PDP’s governorship candidate, Alhaji Abba Kabiru Yusuf was alledgedly sponsored by Senator Musa Kwankwaso. It was claimed that the candidate was his in-law, which he denied.
Kwankwaso who controls Kano Kwankwasiyya movement in an interview monitored on BBC Hausa service dispel rumours that the PDP flagbearer was his son in-law. Our correspondent learnt that the recent endorsement of the PDP candidates against the ruling APC by Senator Kwankwaso further infuriated the governor who vowed to probe the former governor and hand him over the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC).
The governor said Senator Kwankwaso embezzled over N5 billion which was meant for 5 kilometre road during his tenure as governor. According to him, he could no longer shield the former governor from EFCC’s probe.