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Two Presidential Ambitions In Kano: Kwankwaso’s Big Ego Vs Shekarau’s Determined Mien

The Oasis Reporters

November 30, 2017

Two former governors of Kano, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (left, in red cap), and Ibrahim Shekarau in a likely duel ahead to determine who lines up against Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

Kwankwaso Asks His Red Cap Supporters To Migrate To PDP – Nephew Claims

According to Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso, his uncle Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has given the go-ahead for his supporters to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) and join the PDP, all in pursuit of his presidential ambition which took him to the APC in the first place.

This ambition is likely to bring him into conflict with his successor after his first tenure, who became his predecessor after his two successful terms, Mr. Ibrahim Shekarau.

While Shekarau was in the ANPP, he successfully defeated Mr. Kwankwaso to become the new governor of Kano State. In a shuffle of political chairs, Kwankwaso dumped the PDP as governor for the second time to join the APC which the ANPP had become a part of.
Shekarau reacted to this by heading to the PDP because he didn’t cherish the idea of being in the same party with his political rival and alter ego.

To complicate the issue further, Ibrahim Shekarau has indicated his interest for the presidential ticket.
Now, here comes Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso searching for the same slot.

How is it going to play out for the two rival Kano gladiators?

For now, all that political watchers have is the rumour of Kwankwanso’s likely resignation from the APC.

Iliyasu Kwankwaso, who is the present commissioner for special duties in Kano state, told a Kaduna based newspaper, Daily Trust, that Kwankwaso was ready to decamp to the PDP for the actualisation of his presidential ambition since he could not achieve it in the APC.
Kwankwaso is one of Nigeria’s foremost influential politicians.

Media reports had speculated that big wigs in the PDP were mounting pressure on the former governor to decamp. According to Iliyasu Kwankwaso, the senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District, had already asked his supporters to join the PDP.

His words: “Already, he has given the go-ahead to his supporters to join the PDP in Kano state so that they can contest in the forthcoming local government election in the state. “But what I can assure him is that the APC will win all the 44 local governments because of the growing supporters’ base of Governor Ganduje.

“It was because of Kwankwaso that the chairman of the PDP was thrown out of office because they wanted to hand over the party structures to him ahead of his defection.
“They want to use red caps to cause confusion during President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit next month. We will not allow that because Kano people are for Buhari all the time.”

Meanwhile, a political strategist, Dr Abbati Bako, has said that only former vice president Atiku Abubakar possesses the political sagacity, exposure and wherewithal to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

According to him, the failure of President Buhari to fulfil his campaign promises to Nigerians had brightened the chances of Atiku and the opposition to clinch power in 2019.

Additional Source: Daily Trust


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