Ganduje rips Kwankwaso, calls him silent senator, defence minister who lacks knowledge
Former Kano State governor and the national chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, appears to be having sufficient fun time.
He came to Kano for the first time after he was made APC national chairman and threw some political jabs at his main rival in the state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Kwankwaso is also a former governor of the state for whom Ganduje was deputy from 1999 to 2003 as well as between 2011 2015.
In a fun-filled manner while having a chat with some media organizations in Kano Saturday night, Ganduje said it was time for Kwankwaso to join APC, now that he (Ganduje) is chairman.
Kwankwaso was a stakeholder in APC before he left to join the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) where he got the ticket to contest for the Nigerian presidency in the 2023 general elections.
Ganduje said “Nobody will say Kwankwaso is not a good politician, at least he was a two-term Kano Governor, although in disrupted tenures, he was Minister of Defence, even though he doesn’t know what is defense, and was once a Senator, even though he never said anything throughout his stay there.
“But, if he is willing to decamp to APC, our door is open, especially now that someone from his state is the party Chairman, it will be easier for him to lobby,” he added.
Asked why Kwankwaso’s name is missing in Tinubu’s ministerial nominees, Ganduje said the appointment issue was first heard from Kwankwaso, and not Tinubu himself.
“It is true that President Tinubu has promised to run a unity government, and he stood by his words. Nyesom Wike, from PDP is now a minister nominee. But he [Kwankwaso] is the one who said he will be given appointment initially, and not the President himself,” Ganduje added.
The two have been making uncomplimentary statements about one another ever since the NNPP unseat the APC in the state’s governorship election earlier in the year.
Ganduje once said he would have slapped Kwankwaso had he come face-to-face with him at the Presidential Villa when thelate went to see President Tinubu.
Kwankwaso however mockingly replied that Ganduje, being his political son, could have summoned the courage to raise hand against him.
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