Following the growing animosity between former governor of Kano state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Aminu Dabo, a chieftain of the APC and former managing director of the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA), says President Buhari may lose his Kano political base if Kwankwaso leaves the APC.
The APC chieftain disclosed this in Abuja, on Saturday, January 3. He also urged the leadership of the party to wade into the matter
He said the president stands to lose his strongest political base with the handling of the crisis, Tribune reports.
He claimed that the crisis was fast consuming the Ganduje’s political career.
“Governor Ganduje has suddenly realised that his quarrel with our leader, Senator Kwankwaso is overwhelming him; that the people of Kano State are not happy with him, and he is becoming very unpopular in the state,” he said.
“He has realised suddenly that the only way for him to survive or to feel protected is to bring the presidency and the national leadership of our party into it. This is going to be very serious and the presidency, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, will pay a very huge political price.
“The consequence of taking side with Governor Ganjuje in this crisis will be huge, because the people of Kano state are not happy with the governor and what is happening.’’
Going further, he stated that Buhari must be “politically correct” in relating with all the stakeholders involved in the Kano APC crisis.
“How can you stop a normal visit? If you think you are popular why not allow other people to do their own activities? How can you stop a serving senator from visiting his senatorial district? This is very unfortunate.”
‘’The situation has been on for quite some time; as you can remember, our leader, the former governor, Senator Kwankwaso, worked so hard to install the current governor with all the supports of his followers, but unfortunately he came and betrayed that trust.
‘’There was nothing personal; Governor Ganduje derailed from the actual concept, ideology and the system of Kwankwasiya group; and all efforts made to let him realise his wrong steps were ignored. He has been treating us as foreigners; we are now like an opposition within our party. He drove us out of the system and brought entirely new people, which is quite unfortunate,” he added.