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Kwankwaso says Kano NNPP ready to dialogue with FG, but will resist intimidation

Kwankwaso says Kano NNPP ready to dialogue with FG, but will resist intimidation

Former Kano State governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, has said his party, the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) in the state is open to dialogue, truce and reconciliation with the federal government.

He however added that the party and the government of the state will not accept intimidation and political harassment of any sort.

The ex-governor accused the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government of backing some politicians who are from Kano State who he called enemies of the state.

He said people of Kano would resist any attempt to undermine the constituted authority in the state.

Kwankwaso said this at the flag-off ceremony for the construction of 82 kilometres rural road networks at his hometown, Madobi.

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He was obviously reacting to the emirate tussle in Kano where he accused the federal security agencies of backing the 15 Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.

“We have mass followership because people believe in us, we are pro-people and the NNPP administration is determined to serve them anywhere they vote for it.”

“We will not fold our arms and watch enemies of the state destroying the peaceful co-existence of our dear state, as we shall do everything possible to support the governor to succeed. I am happy that he is not distracted and is focused on achieving his goals.

“There are people from Kano, enemies of the state, who also suffer mental illness and are the ones advising the Federal Government on how to take over Kano through a State of Emergency. This is madness of the highest order that the good, peace loving and committed people Kano will resist.

“In the build ups to 2027, some desperate politicians are already on a mission of disruption, but we will rather prefer the two of us to lose than to allow them to crush us unnecessarily. We dare anybody, who thinks he can victimise us politically, to go and be rest assured that we are ready for the fight.

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“We are not afraid to be out of power because we will remain politicians in or out of government, we cannot run away from our destiny, we are humans, we know what is good for us and we will pursue it vigorously,” he vowed.

He further alleged that the federal government is listening to some unpatriotic politicians from Kano, who will only contribute to its failure because, he said, the people of Kano will resist any attempt to undermine the constitutional responsibility of the governor by any individual or group.

“We are open to dialogue, truce and reconciliation, but we will not accept intimidation and political harassment of any sort. We know how to play politics and we have all it takes to protect ourselves from any evil,” Kwankwaso warned.

Presidency, police respond

The presidency has denied allegations by Kwankwaso that the federal government was planning to declare a state of emergency in Kano State.

It described the alleged plot to suspend democratically elected structures in the Northwest state as a “mere rumour.’’

Presidential spokesman Bayo Onanuga told The Nation Monday night that there was no circumstance to warrant an emergency declaration on the state.

The presidency said: “There is no truth in it. It is a mere rumour. The Federal Government cannot declare any state of emergency in any state without the involvement of the National Assembly. There is no such plan. It is a mere rumour.

“The National Assembly is in recess. No President can just wake up and declare a state of emergency in any state.”

Also, the commissioner of police in Kano, Ussain Gumel, denied allegations that his men were biased in the emirate crisis.

In a telephone conversation with The Nation, the police chief said the force’s mandate is to protect lives and property.

He said it was their duty to protect both emirs, “which is what we are still doing.”

Gumel said men and officers of the police and other security agencies have been neutral.

He added that the police received about five court orders on the emirate tussle.

The CP said: “The issue is before the federal and state courts. We are waiting for judgment.

“We received about five court orders and forwarded them to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice. We are waiting for his response and directives.

“And while awaiting the outcome in court or directives from the AGF, we must protect the contending emirs.

“We also have to protect the subjects of both emirs as well as residents of the state.

“My appeal to the public is for them to exercise patience and calm while we await the outcome from the relevant authorities.”


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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