Kwankwaso, Others Defection Not Havoc to APC, Says Ganduje
By Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Friday, described the defection of the former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso alongside other legislators, to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as not being enough reason to ruin the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ganduje in an interview with reporters in Kano at the Government House, emphasised that, “We are not scared by their exit. Their defection doesn’t constitute any havoc to our great party, the APC, at all levels. People should keep eyes to what will happen during election.
“Our dear President has been doing the needful in terms of developing the nation, coupled with his efforts in efficient service delivery. Good governance at its peak. The war against corruption is successfully being waged.
“I want you to go and study the situation on ground in Kano, his (Kwankwaso) defection does not change the political mood in the state. Nobody cares to be disturbed by their action.”
Ganduje said, when Kwankwaso was in the APC, “his intention was to vie for presidency, but when it appeared to him, in black and white, that there is no vacancy in the Villa, he now decided to leave on his own.”
While believing that, Kwankwaso is entitled to his own political choice, Ganduje stated: “When he could not secure a presidential ticket from the party he cross carpets, then he should wait and see how we can slug it out with him. He will fully understand how popular and loveable our President Muhammadu Buhari is.”
He insisted that, the chances of the party in next year’s general election would not be affected because of Kwankwaso’s defection, noting that “all chances of President Buhari, the party and our chances in Kano will not be affected because they leave the party.”
“Kano will give more votes to our President than what he got in 2015 election. From the 2015 election to date, those who could not vote because of age limit, are now grown up, meaning they will now be eligible to vote. Hence, Buhari stands the chance to get five million votes from Kano,” he further said.
Assuring that Nigerians were ready to vote for APC at all levels come 2019 general elections, he declared: “They believe in what we are doing as a progressive party.”
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