During a recent interview with the BBC Hausa Service, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the former Governor of Kano State and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), responded to comments made by his political rival, Abdullahi Ganduje, the immediate past Governor of Kano State.
Kwankwaso characterized Ganduje as a perplexed individual and brushed off his threat of physical violence as mere bravado.
In addressing Ganduje’s accusations, Kwankwaso disclosed that he had a two-hour meeting with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, where he presented evidence of land deals and other transgressions committed by the previous administration in Kano State.
According to Kwankwaso, the president was astonished by the revelations and expressed his surprise.
One of the significant issues raised by Kwankwaso was the alleged allocation of lands at the Kano Race Course to friends and family members by Ganduje, which resulted in a shortage of space for sports activities and other exercises.
He also highlighted that “even the Eid praying ground, where Muslims gather to pray during Sallah, was not spared by Ganduje, who allowed the construction of shops around the sacred site.”
“This compromised the security and sanctity of the Eid prayer ground, where the Emir and other prominent dignitaries traditionally offered prayers,” he added.
Kwankwaso expressed his belief that the Tinubu administration might consider involving individuals from the opposition in the government, indicating the possibility of his inclusion in the forthcoming ministerial list of the new administration.
In response to Ganduje’s threat of slapping him, Kwankwaso confidently stated that the remark stemmed from confusion. He asserted that those who were once his political allies would not dare to meet his gaze, emphasizing their subservience in his presence.
“I heard that he (Ganduje) said he would’ve slapped me, but here I am. He was simply confused. These are all my political associates. They wouldn’t even dare to look me in the eye if we were to meet. He was in a state of confusion when he made that statement. These political allies of mine, when they see me, they lower their gaze,” Kwankwaso explained.