In a recent interview with newsmen, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) and former governor of Kano State, responded to the remarks made by his political opponent, Abdullahi Ganduje, the former governor of Kano State.
Kwankwaso characterised Ganduje as a confused individual and brushed Ganduje’s “slapping” remark off as idle boasting.
In response to Ganduje’s allegations, Kwankwaso disclosed that he had a two-hour meeting at the Presidential Villa with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, during which he presented evidence of land deals and other violations committed by the previous administration in Kano State.
According to Kwankwaso, the President was stunned and surprised by the revelations.
One of the primary concerns raised by Kwankwaso was Ganduje’s alleged allocation of land at the Kano Race Course to friends and family members, resulting in a lack of space for sporting events and other exercises.
He added that even the Eid praying ground, where Muslims gather to pray during Sallah, was not spared by Ganduje, who permitted the construction of shops around the holy site.
This breached the security and sanctity of the Eid Prayer ground, where the Emir and other dignitaries had traditionally offered prayers.
Kwankwaso opined that the Tinubu administration might consider including opposition members in its cabinet, indicating the possibility of his inclusion on the upcoming ministerial roster of the new administration.
Kwankwaso responded directly to Ganduje’s threat to slap him by asserting confidently that the statement was made in error. He stated that his former political allies would not dare look him in the eye, highlighting their subservience in his presence.
“I heard that he (Ganduje) would have slapped me, but I am here. Simply, he was confused. These are all my political boys. When we meet, they cannot even look me directly in the face.
“When he said that, he was in a confused state; when my political boys see me, they lower their gaze,” Kwankwaso said.
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