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DOUBLE SUSPENSION: Ganduje, Gov Yusuf playing with people’s intelligence – Analyst  

DOUBLE SUSPENSION: Ganduje, Gov Yusuf playing with people’s intelligence – Analyst  

Another faction of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ganduje Ward, Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano State, on Sunday, announced the suspension of Abdullahi Ganduje, its national chairman from the party.

This was after Haladu Gwanjo, who claimed to be the legal adviser of another APC faction in Ganduje Ward, last week announced the suspension of Ganduje.

Gwanjo, who cited alleged corruption and other vices as reasons for the suspension, said that the decision was taken by nine executive members of the party in Ganduje ward.

Equally, another faction, represented by the ward chairman, Ahmad Ganduje, came out to declare support for Abdullahi Ganduje, saying the ward officials were satisfied with his leadership style.

In passing the vote of confidence on Ganduje, the factional ward chairman urged all party members in the ward and across the state to remain calm and law abiding.

New twist

However, in a new twist in the early hours of Sunday, another group, which claimed to be the legitimate exco, yet again announced the suspension of Ganduje.

Addressing journalists, the secretary of the faction, Ja’afar Ganduje, who spoke on behalf of 11 other executive members, hinged the suspension on alleged anti-party activities by Ganduje.

He said this was particularly during the last general election.

He also alleged that the APC national chairman had failed to pay his statutory dues to the party.

He further blamed Ganduje for contributing to the factionalisation of the party at the ward level, which he said had brought the party to disrepute.

“We are the authentic executives of Ganduje ward and we have passed a vote of no confidence and imposed a new suspension on Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for a series of reasons.

“First, we have suspended Dr. Ganduje’s membership for creating internal conflict among party members at the ward level.

“Another major reason why the authentic executives resolved to suspend Ganduje is the issue of anti-party activities he generated during the 2023 elections which resulted in the party’s failure in the state”, he said.

Strategic decoy?

Ganduje’s purported second suspension has been dismissed by some analysts as a decoy to confuse both the populace and the law courts.

Saminu Abubakar, a political analyst, sent a WhatsApp message to Nigerian Sketch, saying “This second suspension is suspicious as much as the first one.

“While I suspect that Ganduje’s first suspension was masterminded by Kano State government under Abba Kabir Yusuf, this second one may have been planned by Ganduje and his aides as a strategy to counter, discredit and disparage the first group.

“My understanding is that when they go to court, Ganduje will use this double suspension as point to create doubt in the leadership of the party in his ward. The question of which executive is authentic will now be the issue to resolve first, not the suspension.

“I also suspect that the second suspension will be lifted after the purported exco has been resolved to be the genuine one.

“I will advise citizens of Kano State not to take all these people seriously. They are only trying to play with our intelligence.”

Faruk Khalil
Faruk Khalilhttps://nigeriansketch.com/
Khalil Faruk (Deputy Editor-in-Chief), has a Bachelors and Master's degree in Political Science and has worked as a reporter, features editor and Deputy Editor-in-Chief respectively in a leading Nigerian daily. He has undergone trainings in journalism, photo journalism and online journalism within and outside Nigeria.

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