Defection Speculation: Ayade Meets Kwankwaso, Okorocha, Others

Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River State has met with bigwigs of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the weekend.

The meeting, which started during the thanksgiving ceremony organised by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, in Calabar, was believed to have focused on the governor’s political future.

A former senate leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba, a former minister of defence and presidential aspirant, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, who graced the occasion, were said to have convinced Ayade to leave the PDP for the APC.

Later, Ayade drove with them and other top military brass that also graced the event in large numbers to an undisclosed location where Okorocha and other APC leaders were said to have got his firm commitment.

Speculations have been rife over Ayade’s secret ambition to cross over to the APC, having hobnobbed with key national leaders of the party few months after he was sworn in.

He has also been showering encomiums on President Muhammadu Buhari whom he had criticised before his victory in the last presidential election.

But in a swift reaction, Ayade’s media aide dismissed the insinuation that the governor was planning to move from the PDP.

Christian Ita, chief press secretary to Ayade, said the governor was just playing the role of a good host to the array of political, military and business leaders that thronged Calabar to honour a prominent son of the state.

“It is not true that the discussion our governor had with the APC leaders had anything to do with leaving the PDP for the APC,” said Ita.

Okorocha, who had visited the state and met Ayade previously over same issue, had commended the governor for having the blessing of God with the appointment of his “sons” into key national positions.

Remarking, Usani commended those who honoured his invitation and described them as his close friends. He stated that hatred for one another was the key reason for underdevelopment of Cross River State.

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Police Arrest Kwankwaso’s Chief of Staff, Others

Police in Kano Saturday arrested Dr. Yunusa Adamu Dangwani, the Chief of Staff to former governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso.
Dangwani, who also served as Commissioner for Water Resources under Kwankwaso, was said to have been arrested with other political associates of Kwankwaso over an alleged plan to hold a political rally in the state. They stayed overnight at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the police command.

But the former Commissioner for State Affairs, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, said Dangwani’s arrest was in connection with the current political impasse between his principal and the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
“We are right now at the police command trying to secure Dangwani’s bail. His arrest has nothing to do with any political rally,” he said. He dispelled rumours that Kwankwaos’s aides were planning a political rally.
Another source close to Dangwani said Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had intervened and ordered their release yesterday.
It was learnt that the said rally was organized in solidarity with Senator Kwankwaso over the ongoing political feud between him and his Governor Ganduje.

Police spokesman, DSP Magaji Musa Majia confirmed the arrest of some politicians but did not mention their names.
In a jingle being aired by some radio stations in the state, the police warned politicians to either drop their plan to hold mass rally or face the wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, Sharu Garba Gwammaja, a former media aide to ex-governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has accused Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of persecuting Kwankwaso’s allies for exposing an alleged approval of N688m for members of the state House of Assembly as a reward for renouncing the red cap.
Speaking on telephone yesterday, Gwammaja alleged that he and other Kwankwassiya members fell into trouble with the state government after going on air to expose the alleged deal.
“Last Tuesday, the lawmakers visited the governor and on Wednesday, a proposal to purchase vehicles for the legislators to the tune of N688m was tabled and approved at the State Executive Council meeting for them to purchase vehicles.
“This approval is a way of rewarding the assembly members for discarding their red caps. In the deal, each lawmaker will get N17.2 million as payment for his red cap,” he alleged.
When pressed on the veracity of his claim, he said he didn’t have any document to prove it but stood by his claim.

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Gov. Ganduje Threatens To “Expose” Kwankwaso

The crisis between former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano and his successor, Umar Ganduje, has taken a new twist with Mr. Ganduje threatening to expose “shoddy deals” perpetrated by Mr. Kwankwaso.

The two leaders have been embroiled in a row lately, with each accusing the other of creating crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Mr. Ganduje was deputy governor under Mr. Kwankwaso for eight years.

Governor Ganduje said Monday that “some works done(by Mr. Kwankwaso) were done with hell lots of misdeeds and betrayals which I will soon expose for people to know the calibre of person my predecessor was”.

He said: “Kano people will always resist any attempt by anyone to shortchange them – which Kwankwaso did. Yes we knew the genuine projects including the shoddy ones which I will not tolerate by exposing them for people to judge his action”.

Speaking while inspecting road projects at Dakata- Bella road in Nassarawa local government area of the state, Governor Ganduje said Mr. Kwankwaso was in Kano to campaign to replace President Muhammadu Buhari “while there is no vacancy for that position”.

“Unfortunately for him the avenue and the time were so wrong. But because God wants to expose his antics which he has been doing against the president, he chose my mother’s death to launch the presidential campaign, but we leave him with the people”.

He said, “A lot of things have been happening now. Some people have been trying to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari with all sorts of things. We will not tolerate it again here in Kano. We are tired of your atrocities. I will soon expose him before the people of Kano for them to to appreciate the satan in him”.

“People, who are now telling Buhari all sorts of things, are sycophants. They do not want Buhari to succeed. These people know themselves. When it gets to a stage, I will name them one after the other. I am not afraid of human beings,” he said.

“We are solidly behind President Muhammad Buhari and his programmes. Kano people will not support anybody working against President Buhari.”

Governor Ganduje said that “It is unfortunate for the so-called politician who claimed to be leader to hire hoodlums with dangerous weapons to disrupt the peace of the state. Government and security agencies will not tolerate this attitude”.

He said, “It is known to everybody that Ganduje is a man of peace, tolerance and patience; because I have tolerated Kwankwaso for a long time, but it is over and enough is enough”.

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APC Moves To Suspend Kwankwaso Over Alleged Anti-Party Activities

The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Kano State chapter has initiated moves to suspend former Governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso for alleged anti-party activities.


The chairman, Kano chapter of the party, Alhaji Haruna Umar Doguwa, told newsmen in Kano that the senator had during a recent visit to the state allegedly exhibited actions capable of compromising the party’s unity. According to Doguwa: “The case of party indiscipline by Kwankwaso would be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in accordance with the constitution of our party”


Kwankwaso was alleged to have stormed Abdullahi Ganduje village on a condolence visit with supporters chanting perceived derogatory songs against the bereaved the state governor, Alhaji Abdulahi Ganduje. Doguwa claimed that “what specifically made the visit a misdemeanour to our party spirit of discipline and brotherhood was the fact that the visit was purely political as against the mission of condolence.


The act of thuggery and brazen show of daggers, swords and other dangerous weapons by sponsored/hired hoodlums was totally unwholesome and condemnable.” He declared that the party acknowledged his presidential ambition, maintaining that “our loyalty and commitment is to President Muhammadu Buhari, his policies and programmes”.


Doguwa said the party would ensure that discipline is enforced as prescribed by the party’s constitution. Efforts by Vanguard to get reaction from the former Governor through Aminu Abdulsalam, his former Commissioner, Government House Affairs, was unsuccessful.


“We want to react formally to issues raised by party chairman but at the moment, we are waiting to take delivery of the conference paper,” he said.


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Afenifere Blasts Kwankwaso Over Fulani Herdsmen Comment

The pan-Yoruba socio-political and cultural group, Afenifere, has slammed the former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, over his recent comment on the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the South-west.

Kwankwaso, who was in Ibadan, Oyo State last weekend, had picked holes in the threat by Yoruba leaders to sack all Fulani herdsmen from the zone due to the criminalities of some of them.

Reacting to the Afenifere’s threat, which was contained in a communiqué issued at the end of a summit in Ibadan, following the kidnap saga of the former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae, the former governor said such should not be contemplated as ‘Nigeria is home to all.’

But in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, entitled, ‘of Criminal Fulani herdsmen and uncultured Kwakwaso,’ Afenifere described Kwankwaso’s statement as ‘uncouth, rude and insensitive.

“In all his ramblings in Ibadan, Kwakwanso did not condemn the abduction of Chief Falae, the killing of innocent farmers, raping of women and destruction of crops and farmlands in the course of the grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen. He only tacitly justified their activities by offering excuses for their criminal conducts,” the statement read in parts.

Afenifere said it was irritating for Kwankwaso to be justifying the criminal activities of the Fulani herdsmen on the ground of not having opportunity to go school as if it was the Yoruba that actually denied them the opportunity.

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Kwankwaso Advocates Education For Fulani To End Herdsmen, Farmer Clashes

Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has advocated a quick return of boarding facilities to public schools in the country as well as compulsory education for the Fulani.

He said this will go a long way in putting a stop to the frequent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers.

He also said the time has come to tell those making succession threats to shut up.

Kwankwaso made the call in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at the weekend as a special guest of honour at the Silver Jubilee Celebration of the set of 1965-71 of Government College, Ibadan, where Vitafoam Nigeria Plc. formally donated two sets of pre-fabricated staff quarters to the institution.

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ICPC Probes Amaechi, Kwankwaso, Chime, Shema

The independent Corrupt Practices and other offences Commission (ICPC) has commenced investigations of four former governors following petition against them.

The four governors are former governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, Sullivan Chime of Enugu, Ibrahim Shema of Katsina and Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano.

Already four teams have been raised to visit the states to check the books of the states to establish the allegations against the governors.

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Watch Your Utterances, Senators Tell Kwankwaso

Senators under the aegis of the Like Minds have expressed shock over the verbal attack of the former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, asking him to exercise caution in his utterances.

Kwankwaso, had, in an interview, described the emergence Saraki as Senate president as a dangerous signal for the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, while warning that the Senate president should not use his ambition to destroy the All Progressive Congress (APC).

But The Like Minds senators, in a reaction to the interview by the group’s coordinator and spokesman, Senator Dino Melaye, cautioned Kwankwaso of incendiary utterances capable of destabilising the National Assembly and rubbishing the prevailing political tranquility in the country. They accused the former governor, who is one of their colleagues, of suffering from defeat syndrome, hence his resort to hate campaign and vile language for just no cause and that his opinions are that of a selfish man whose ambition has beclouded his sense of reasoning.

The senators of Like Minds also queried when Senator Kwankwanso became a friend of President Muhammadu Buhari, stating that: “We are surprised at the emergent of Kwankwanso as a friend of the president.”Melaye categorically said that the Senate presidency of Saraki would not constitute any threat to President Buhari’s administration,   explaining that instead, the President is safer in the hands of Saraki as the president of the Senate.


I Could Have Been Senate President- Kwankwaso

Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso is the immedi­ate past governor of Kano State. An out­spoken politician, he does not skirt around issues. He is one of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors that defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2013.

In this interview, he accused the leader­ship of his party of displaying naivety in handling the National Assembly leader­ship matter. He also shared his thoughts on a number of other touchy national is­sues.

What would you say went wrong in the attempt by APC to have its candidates elected as Senate President and Deputy Senate President?

I thank the good people of Kano State for giving me another opportunity to represent them, this time as a senator representing Kano Central, the most populous senatorial district in the country. At least, going by the 2015 elections, I think I am the only one who got about 760, 000 votes as a senator. Today I would have been the Senate Presi­dent, but many other factors came to play.

Let me use this opportunity to congratu­late our party for its victory, especially in Kano, where we have everything 100 per cent – from 484 councillors to 44 local gov­ernment chairmen, 40 state assembly mem­bers, 24 members of the House of Repre­sentatives, three senators, which I am one of them to governor, deputy governor. Of course, we gave the president the highest number of votes in this country.

I thank the good people of Kano for do­ing that and I thank Nigerians for having confidence in our party, the APC. I have to say that from the day Buhari was an­nounced the winner of this election, things have started going in positive directions, ranging from exchange rate to shares. Even on the security aspect in this country, things are much better today than they were before the elections.

Now, on the issue of what went wrong as a party, I think there are so many things that have to do with time and this sort of thing, this election or selection partly has relationship with time. I know very well that you are aware that we had so many weeks or months after the elections. That was the time really when action would have been taken to ensure that we had a success­ful election at the National Assembly. This is not the time to say, “I told you or I told them,” but many of us tried to draw the at­tention of our leaders to do the right thing at the right time.

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Saraki’s Ambition Has Resurrected PDP- Kwankwaso

Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso immediate past governor of Kano State in this interview with newsmen in Abuja gives his views on the crisis arising from the National Assembly leadership contest. Excerpts:

You were one of the senators at the ICC when the leadership contest started in the National Assembly?

Honestly speaking, it was on the morning of that day that I saw a text message that we should go to the ICC, unfortunately for me I had so many people who came from Kano, so I was trying to receive them when I got a call that members and senators were waiting at the ICC. As I was moving out of Hilton Hotel, somebody called again that they were at the National Assembly and were just about to start election. So I diverted the driver, instead of going to the ICC I thought now that election was taking place, I said instead of going to ICC, it was more important for me to go the National Assembly and in any case I was sure that those who were at the ICC will not want to stay there when election was taking place. So I drove straight to the National Assembly, moved straight to the chamber.   It was when I entered that I saw Bukola being sworn in as Senate President.   So I wasn’t at the ICC, I was at the National Assembly but I arrived after the election and I was there calling them to come unfortunately they didn’t come so I had to follow them to ICC and other places. That was what happened that day.

Did the president summon that meeting?

Nobody told me but I saw a text message that we were going to be addressed by the President but the message did not come from the President himself but from the officials of the party.

Did you suspect mischief by the party leaders?

You see I told you the party missed some vital steps and gave ample opportunity to the Bukola group and they used it effectively using all the advantages that had to do with the mistakes of our leaders.

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Don’t Destroy APC With Your Ambition, Kwankwaso Tells Saraki

Former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, yesterday, warned the Senate President, Bukola Sarki, against using his ambition to destroy the party they laboured to build and betray the confidence which Nigerians reposed in them by voting them for change.

In an interview with newsmen in Abuja, the former Defence Minister regretted that the Senate President had used his ambition to destroy party discipline and should be punished for it.

Kwankwaso also said the position of Deputy Senate President, currently being held by Ike Ekweremadu, did not belong to Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and must be returned to All Progressives Congress, APC, adding that for the 16 years that PDP ruled the country, at no time did the opposition get the benefit of having such a position.

According to the APC chieftain, Saraki’s ambition has given the defeated PDP an opportunity to reap where they did not sow because they were rejected in the polls by Nigerians.

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Senate Presidency Tussle: Akume Meets Obasanjo, Tinubu, Atiku, Kwankwaso

Ahead of the zon­ing of the Senate Presidency, former governor of Benue State and one of the top con­tenders to the nation’s num­ber three position, Senator George Akume, has intensi­fied consultations, meeting leaders of the All Progres­sives Congress (APC) and other stakeholders.

Akume, last week, met with former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo; the APC National Leader, Bola Tinubu and former Osun State gover­nor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyin­lola, in the South West.

The former Benue State governor, who is returning to the Senate for the third time, met all the leaders in their respective domains in Abeo­kuta, Lagos and Okuku, re­spectively.

Though there was no of­ficial statement after each of the meetings, it was gathered that the parleys might not be unconnected with the position of Senate Presidency.

Sources told Daily Sun that Akume had also met with former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, who may likely emerge as chairman of the APC Board of Trustees.

Also, the former governor had visited Kano State Gov­ernor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, a senator-elect. He also met Prof Ango Abdullahi, an in­fluential northern elder; a for­mer Inspector-General of Po­lice, Ibrahim Coomasie and former Kogi State Governor, Prince Abubakar Audu.

One of Akume’s aides, said of the meeting: “Senator Akume is a very highly re­garded statesman in his own right. Consultations with like-minded leaders on issues bor­dering on our socio-politics should be a routine affair.”

On the Senate presidency contest, the aide stated: “If the APC is truly about change, that change should reflect in the way we do things; so, we send a very strong message to all Nigerians that they can be assured of a sense of belong­ing irrespective of where they come from.

“We have produced a Pres­ident-elect from a majority ethnicity; we have produced a vice-president-elect from an­other majority ethnic group. APC must be sensitive to the sensitivities of the minorities across both divides of the Ni­ger.

“Come to think of it, the outgoing President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, is from a minority ethnic group. What is in stock for the minorities in the incoming administra­tion?”

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Produce Talents That Can Compete Internationally, Atiku Tells Kano Sports Institute

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar on Thursday in Kano called on the Kano Institute of Sport to produce sports men and women to attain international repute

Atiku made the call while inaugurating the institute in Karfi, Kura Local Government Area.

He urged the management of the institute to ensure that it trained and harnessed youths to participate in sports.

“The country is endowed with abundant talents that can be trained in the institute to produce sports men and women to attain international repute,” he said.

The former vice-president commended Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso for his developmental achievements in the state in the last four years.

He also commended the governor for his strides in sports development and youth empowerment.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso said the state government spent over N1billion to build the institute.

He reiterated his government’s resolve to continue to provide the enabling environment that would stimulate grassroots sports development for young people to achieve excellence in life.

Kwankwaso also said that the government placed high premium on harnessing sports talents at the grassroots level in the state.

Collapsed Bridge: Firm Will Pay Compensation To Victims’ Families, Says Kwankwaso

Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has vowed to ensure that the local construction firm handling the pedestrian bridge, which collapsed along Sheik Jafar road paid adequate compensation to families of the seven victims of Sunday evening incident at Dorayi suburb in the metropolis.

The state police command confirmed that no fewer than seven people were killed when the bridge collapsed, saying that ”Criminal investigation has commenced against the contractor and he would face charges if found wanting.” This was even as a man on tricycle escaped death by whiskers when the concrete slab on the collapsed foot bridge caved in and broke the rickshaw into two yesterday.

The command’s Public Relations Officer, ASP Magaji Majiya, spoke on the incident in an interview with newsmen in Kano. However, the governor’s position was contained in a statement signed by the Director of Press in the Government House, Halilu Dantiye. “Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso has vowed to ensure that the victims and their families are adequately compensated by the company,” Dantiye said adding that “doing so will avoid a lot of of unnecessary consequences.”

The statement further admonished citizens to be patient and continue to be law abiding. The statement further urged companies undertaking numerous construction work in the state to continue doing their work in a manner that would ensure minimum discomfort to road users. The governor, who condoled with the families of the victims also prayed for the quick recovery of the injured ones who are currently in the hospital.

Meanwhile, Majiya said the incident happened around 4:45 p.m. when the bridge, which was still under construction, caved in and collapsed on a car passing underneath it. “The workers at the site had warned motorists not to pass because they were working on the bridge but the driver of the taxi allegedly ignored the warning.

‘’So, the moment he moved; before he passed, the bridge caved in and collapsed on the vehicle, which led to the death of seven persons,” he said. According to him, the vehicle has since been evacuated from the scene while the corpses have been deposited at a hospital morgue.

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Defection Of G-5 Govs To APC Nailed PDP’s Coffin – Ex-National Auditor

A former National Auditor of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Ray Nnaji, on Sunday faulted calls for the sack of the party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu, following the party’s poor performance in the just concluded 2015 general elections.

X-raying the party’s performance, Nnaji said “Lack of internal democracy in PDP was the cause of the woeful outing in the general elections”.

The former national auditor, who spoke with a PUNCH correspondent in Enugu, Enugu State, stressed that PDP “elders”, who contributed to the defection of five governors to the All Progressives Congress, APC, should be held responsible for the party’s failure in the presidential, as well as the other polls, in which the party suffered embarrassing defeats.

He accused the unnamed PDP elders of not allowing internal democracy to thrive in the party.

While exonerating the Mu’azu-led PDP national executive committee of blame for the party’s failure in the presidential election, Nnaji insisted that all members of the party should share in the blame for the party’s poor outing in the general elections.

He said, “The fact that the party failed woefully in the elections should not be attributed just to the national chairman or the national executive committee.

“Everybody should share in the blame. Remember that before he (Mu’azu) came in, there was crisis in the party.

“The people that should be blamed are the elders who allowed five governors to decamp to the APC; that move nailed the coffin of the PDP.

“Such a thing has never happened anywhere in the world. So, all those who contributed to the defection of the five governors should be blamed.

“If those five governors had not left, the opposition would not have been strong enough to effectively challenge PDP in the elections”.

Nnaji, however, noted that the development was good for the country’s democracy as well as the fortunes of the PDP.

According to him, it is an opportunity for the PDP to know its true members and those he described as “saboteurs”.

“There is nothing static in life except change; it is also an opportunity for the party to know who is a true member. Some people are saboteurs, they pretend to be genuine members but in truth they are not.

“The leadership of the party should not be left to people who are only interested in lining their pockets”, he added.

Nnaji suggested that the Mu’azu-led NEC should be given a chance to revive the party’s fortunes.

“The leadership of the party should not be crucified; they should be given the opportunity to redefine the party so that it could become a credible opposition that can wrest power from APC in 2019.

“This is possible because some of the people that caused problems in PDP are now in APC and surely they will also cause problems in APC”, he said.

Kwankwaso Advises APC Over Zoning Policy

Kano State governor and Senator-elect, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has cautioned the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) against further delays in the zoning of federal elected offices.

He said that was the mistake made by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2011 which resulted in the obstruction of the zoning arrangement and the crisis that affected the party.

The governor who spoke with newsmen in Abuja, said “my advice to my party is that they should quickly do it. Those of us who witnessed what happened in 2011, I don’t believe that that party should waste any more time. Because the implication of delay is that the people in some zones will go round the country mobilising support for themselves and if the zoning decides to come late they will be so strong in their campaign such that they can disobey the party just as we saw during the Tambuwal case in 2011.

“Tambuwal went round, we gave him our words that we will support him and when the zoning came late we had already committed ourselves and the party at the end of the day was humiliated because many of us didn’t want to change our position as we had already promised to support him.

“Things were not the same again in the PDP. I believe that the man who got the ticket got more appreciation from the opposition rather than those in the party who supported him. I don’t want us to repeat that mistake again. I think it is high time we finished the zoning so that anybody can aspire to become whatever is being zoned to his place,” he added.

Kwankwaso also underscored the need for fairness in the zoning arrangement, noting that all zones must be represented. “This is one of the mistakes of the PDP where they decided to lump so many good positions in a zone while others had close to nothing. And I think that has gone along way in killing the party. This country belongs to all of us,” he further stated.”

Commenting on the series of defections that have been witnessed in recent weeks, Kwankwaso said it was usual for many people to leave the party that lost for a party that won.

“In politics there are various groups, first class people who can take calculated risks, work hard to chart new way to bring new changes. Others will seat on the fence and see where the trend is and then falling in line and go by the side of success. Others head or tail will remain where they are.

“In fact the middle one are the majority looking round to see where the success is and move into it. I am not surprised many people are joining us now. We are happy,” he added.

We Used Almajiris To Vote Out Jonathan – Kwankwaso

Rabiu Kwankwaso, governor of Kano state, says Almajiri votes were responsible for kicking Goodluck Jonathan out of the presidential villa in Abuja.

Kwankwaso decried the political play in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), saying it has divided Nigerians along religious and ethnic lines.

“It is unfortunate, in the last couple of years, we have seen a polarisation situation, this issue of Christianity, Islam, north and south, and even the issue of tribalism being promoted,” he said.
“It was not good for the system – it was not even good for my friend in the villa, so we are happy, we have seen the end of it now.”

The governor, who was speaking in an on-air interview with Channels television, said the president did well for himself; his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC); and the nation at large by conceding election.

He went on to advise that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration must be willing to correct the ills and unite the nation to keep peace and stability.

“We encourage Buhari to be what a president should be; to carry along all the Christians, the Muslims and other people of other faiths in this country.

“Ensure peace and stability, take everybody as his own; even the PDP guys should be carried along by the president. The president is the father of all.

“We hope that people around him should be people who are experienced, who should not be talking of Hausas who are thrown away as Almajiris. That is completely wrong, and it has gone a long way in galvanising people in the north to ensure that this Almajiri votes were used to kick them out of the villa.”

The former minister of defence who has been elected to go to the next senate saw his state deliver 1.9 million votes for the APC at the presidential election.

Kwankwaso Blames “Motor Park Politicians” For Jonathan’s Loss, Says He Lacks Exposure

Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said that President Goodluck Jonathan lost March 28, election due to his lack of exposure and listens only to the people he met at motor park and airport station.

Speaking to newsmen at Government House Kano, Governor Kwankwaso noted that President Jonathan has not been opportuned to stay and play a major role in national and international politics to understand who is who in the country.

“President Goodluck relied so much on hearsay from the people he met at airport and motor park station. If a person wore ‘abada’ with gold wristwatch on him he can easily convince Mr. Jonathan.

“Looking at what obtained in Kano. Everyone knew that myself and my followers are important except Mr. President. Our biggest challenge in PDP then was that all our enemies were given leadership position in Abuja, while many of us who are in charge and have the confidence of the people were neglected and I believe it was as a result of wrong information our enemies were feeding Mr. President.

“To the extent that for me to get a ticket to contest governorship election in 2011 was a hell.

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Kwankwaso Lauds Jonathan For Accepting Defeat

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano, has applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for his magnanimity by conceding defeat to Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the March 28 Presidential Election.

The governor commended Jonathan on Sunday while briefing newsmen in Kano, on the outcome of the last Presidential and National Assembly Elections in the country.

“I want to commend the President’s action in conceding defeat. This shows that President Jonathan is a true statesman,” he said.

The governor, who also congratulated Buhari on his victory, attributed the success of the election to the determination of Nigerians to have a change in leadership.

Kwakwanso assured Nigerians that Buhari would run a transparent government.

He said the new administration would fight corruption and provide maximum security to citizens of the country.

Kwankwaso then urged the President-elect, to live up to his campaign promises to justify the confidence reposed in him.

Buhari’s Real Enemies Are Atiku & Kwankwaso- Gov Lamido

Governor Sule Lamido of Jigawa State, has faulted the recent claim by the media committee of Buhari’s campaign directorate that President Goodluck Jonathan has directed him to campaign against Buhari, saying that the claim was mischievous and misleading.

He also warned General Muhammadu Buhari to consider former Vice president Atiku Abubakar and Kano State governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as his real enemies.

Governor Lamido, yesterday, during the rally of Malam Aminu Ringim, the state Peoples Democratic Party, PDP governorship candidate, at Garki Local Government Area of the state, said he was too big to be used to campaign against Buhari because when it comes to political game, “I am not afraid of anybody.”

He stressed that if he wanted to say anything about General Buahri, he would say it without fear, adding he had expressed his mind in the past.

“There is no amount of hatred, harassment and intimidation by any political party that will stop the PDP from winning this month general elections in Nigeria.”

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Buhari Will Get 90% Of Votes In Kano, Says Kwankwaso

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State, yesterday predicted that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Mohammadu Buhari, would get 90% of votes cast in Kano State during this Saturday’s presidential election.

Kwankwaso stated this when the wife of the APC presidential candidate, Aishatu Buhari paid him a courtesy visit at the government house in Kano.

The governor pointed out that the state has always been pro-Buhari, adding that the people are determined to vote only for APC in the elections.

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Obasanjo’s Exit is PDP’s Death Warrant- Kwankwaso

Gov. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has described the exit of former President Olusegun Obasanjo from the PDP as a death warrant to the party. He said Obasanjo’s exit signified that the death warrant of the party is about to be signed.

He stated that the five governors who defected  to the All Progressives Congress (APC) were vindicated for seeing the futility in remaining in the PDP that had lost credibility and steam.

Kwankwaso, who was speaking to newsmen in his office in Kano, said the PDP is on road to extinction in the face of the abysmal rot rocking its leadership.

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Lamido Betrayed G-5 Govs- Kwankwaso

Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has accused his Jigawa State counterpart, Mallam Sule Lamido, of betraying the group of five Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s governors who left the party following their disagreement with party leaders.

In an interview with newsmen, weekend, in Kano, Kwankwaso also faulted insinuations that the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (ret) was not healthy enough to stand the rigours of governing Nigeria.

According to him, “the exit of G5 Governors from PDP has demystified the ruling party, adding, however,that PDP was no longer the monster it used to be.

He said: “Everyone knows that Governor Lamido was part of us, he was the leader of the group. He took us to a certain height before choosing otherwise and we were all surprised by his final decision.

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Feud between Buhari, Kwankwaso will affect APC’s chances – Party chieftain

The All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been advised to learn from history and adopt more democratic posture in his political outings or risk his presidential bid. This call was made by the National Coordinator of Concerned APC Stakeholders, Alhaji Mohammed Bashir, in Kano while addressing newsmen.

Bashir made this observation after Buhari’s visit to Kano State, where the presidential candidate received an overwhelming reception, but refused to acknowledge the APC governorship flag bearer, Alhaji Umar Ganduje, as is the usual practice. Bashir warned that such behaviour could bring about division within the party.

Buhari had refused to recognise Ganduje because he was not the retired general’s choice for the governorship ticket. Bashir warned that if this continues, the party may loose the state in the general elections. While reminding the former presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change of the experience “where he forced one of his loyalists, Col. Jafaar, on the people even as Mohammed Abacha was the preferred candidate, which cost him the elections”, Bashir further explained that the general interest of the party should be supreme and not personal ego as been portrayed by Buhari in his political outings.

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APC Primaries UPDATE: General Buhari Takes the Lead…

Initial reports provide that Atiku Abubakar was in clear third place, until Governor Kwankwaso overtook him. Rochas Okorocha and Sam Nda-Isaiah are far behind.

General Buhari has been said to be taking the lead as his box is literally stuffed with ballot papers. Over 7,200 votes are being counted and processed. The names of the candidates are spoken out loud in the process of sorting. Counting is almost over. Minimal number of the ballot papers are left.


Nda Isaiah Denies Stepping Down For Buhari

Contrary to reports claiming that APC presidential candidate, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah, has stepped down for Buhari, Nda-Isaiah through his campaign team denied stepping down for anyone, insisting that he is still in the race.

Chairman of the APC National Convention and immediate past Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi dismissed as false, reports that any of the aspirants had stepped down.

Current situation report provides that Buhari and Atiku are hitting heads in fervent battle for delegates.


Accept Results From Primaries, Gani Solomon Tells Presidential Aspirants #APCDecides

The Senator representing Lagos West senatorial district, Mr. Ganiyu Solomon, has advised all presidential aspirants to accept the outcome of the primary which is holding today.
Solomon, who lost to Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode,  at the Lagos governorship primary last week, said this during an interview with reporters at the on-going national convention of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos
However, when asked if he had accepted the outcome of the primary, he refused to respond.
Also, when he was asked if he had congratulated Ambode, he said, “Has Ambode reached out to me? Go and ask him if he has reached out to me.”
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APC Primaries UPDATE: Kwankwaso Steps Down for Buhari, Atiku Desperately Reaches Out to Delegates

Reports have it that Kwankwaso has been persuaded to step down for Buhari, which he agreed, but will still put up an appearance without putting up a fight at the convention.

Recent update provides that 12 APC governors have reached a final agreement to support Muhammadu Buhari, while his counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, is reaching out directly to the delegates.  Atiku, on this part, is basing his calculations on the fact that APC governors control only 14 states and their influence in the remaining 22 states is not strong.

Report add that Atiku has zeroed in on delegates from 16 states which they consider winnable: Adamawa, Sokoto, Kebbi, Niger, Benue, Plateau, Bauchi, Jigawa, Taraba, Yobe, Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, Enugu, Ekiti and Ondo ? as well as the FCT. In Atiku’s camp, the calculation is to deal directly with the delegates, even from states controlled by pro-Buhari governors.


APC Primaries UPDATE: Atiku Secretly Winning Delegates?

Investigations reveals that Atiku Abubakar and the Kano State governor, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso, have emerged to give Buhari a big fight for APC ticket. Sources in the party say that while the ticket appeared to have been sealed for Buhari, the two other contenders, Atiku and Kwankwaso, had been working underground to reach the delegates.

Already, the Director General of Atiku campaign organisation, Professor Babalola Borishade, had confirmed during the week that his principal was sure of victory in many states, except Kwara and Imo. It was gathered that while Buhari was banking on the support of former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu for victory, Atiku and Kwakwanso had been reaching out directly to the delegates. As of the last count, Atiku had visited 35 states of the federation in the process of electioneering.

Sources said Atiku’s meeting with the delegates had always been more rewarding, as many of the delegates in the states look forward to meeting him.

“Remember that Atiku’s network is practically the longest standing in the polity right now. He has been there since the aborted Third Republic and his structure has been waxing stronger. His network is not restricted to any particular region and that is the Atiku advantage,” a source said.

Sources in the party said Atiku had moved very quietly within the party and had apparently endeared himself to the delegates. It was gathered that Atiku’s strength spread from the North-East to North-Central and even the South-South.

He is also primed to come very close to Buhari in states of the South-West controlled by the APC, while Ekiti, Ondo, as well as Osun states are said to be within Atiku’s reach. Besides, Atiku is believed to maintain a hold on delegates from the North-Central, with delegates from the states like Kogi, Benue and Niger firmly for him.

Sources also said Kwakwanso has been strategising and moving solidly within the party and that the delegates are also looking at him as a possible candidate.

“Unlike what some people are painting, Kwankwanso has been moving around, securing delegates, faster than thought. He is truly moving like a “Trojan horse” among the delegates and it is looking bright for him on a daily basis,” a source close to the party said.

Reportedly favoured by former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Kwankwaso’s project is said to receive boost by plans to pick his running-mate from the South-South, with Rivers State governor, Amaechi, expected to be the beneficiary.

Unlike the initial indication that Buhari would make a clean sweep of the votes from North-West, it emerged during the week that states like Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara may not be intact for Buhari.

Sources said that Sokoto State Governor, Aliyu Wamakko is behind Kwankwanso.

Investigations also revealed that the fact that delegates at the presidential primaries will cast their votes through the secret ballot could be a plus for the likes of Atiku and Kwankwanso, as the leaders would not have a way of tracing which state voted for which candidate. But the sources said the moves in Atiku and Kwankwanso’s camps notwithstanding, the aspirants were still wary of the “Tinubu’s magic wand.” The fear, according to sources, was that the former governor could corner the votes of delegates from the South-West and deploy it for whoever he wished. “If that happens, Buhari could be on his way to victory,” a source said.

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Atiku, Buhari, Rochas, Kwankwaso??? APC Decides

The national convention of the All Progressives Congress begins in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre, Wednesday. Presidential candidate of the party will emerge Thursday.

More than 8,000 accredited delegates are expected to elect the party’s presidential flag bearer who is to face President Goodluck Jonathan, the sole candidate of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, in the 2015 general elections.

Five aspirants are ex-Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari; a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso; Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, and the Publisher of Leadership Newspaper, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah. They are all vying for the party’s sole ticket.

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2015 And The Gathering Storm By Dr Deborah Nelson

Since advent of Jonathan’s administration, many challenges have conspired to make Nigeria  ungovernable and frustrate him out of office. Some of the challenges are Boko Haram terrorist activities and widespread destruction of lives and properties in Northern Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen. However bloody these terrorist acts may be, core north politicians, A C F and APC often celebrate and use them to justify their incessant calls on president Jonathan to resign. In order to undermine the presidency, they constituted themselves into New PDP, frolicked around Nigeria like headless fowls then finally emptied themselves into APC. However, they left Governors Babangida Aliyu and Sule Lamido behind in PDP as mole to continue from where they stopped. At National Conference, core north delegates made it a point of duty to consistently work against Niger Delta. They wanted the restoration of offshore onshore dichotomy and reduction of derivation to 5%. In the NASS, they ensure the PIB does not see the light of the day because of a clause they feel will benefit Niger Delta only. They said Jonathan must not contest in 2015 and that power must return to them in 2015. With recent allocation of additional 20715 polling units to the north and only 8414 to the south by Professor Attahiru Jega’s INEC without any logical explanation, Jega had surreptitiously demonstrated his readiness to use INEC to help his kinsmen, core north politicians back to power in 2015. If each polling unit is for 500 voters as chorused by Professor Jega, it means Jega had used his office to allocate 10,357,500 votes to the north as against only 4,207,000 votes to the south. With above masterstroke by INEC Chairman, core north politicians do not need even a vote from the south to triumph at any presidential election.

About 69% of GDP of Nigeria is from the sale of gas and crude oil from South South Geopolitical Zone, 20% from South West Geopolitical Zone and 11% from South East Geopolitical Zone but not a single kobo from the north. But according to core north politicians,  north is the backbone of Nigeria. This is to say the least ridiculous because the ‘backbone’ can neither feed, clothe nor house itself without monthly handouts from the south.  Prior to amnesty, Nigeria could only produce about 700,000 barrels of crude oil daily due to disruptive activities of militants in spite of the fact that president Yar’ Adua saturated Niger Delta with soldiers from core north under command of core north military officers such as General Sarki Y Bello [retd] to restore normalcy but all to no avail. In order to forestall economic strangulation, president Yar’ Adua had to adopt the amnesty option. The militants who confronted the Yar’ Adua’s war machine are still very much around, with even more converts to disrupt crude oil and gas production if considered necessary.

If a core north politician becomes the president of Nigeria next year, it is very likely that the people of Niger Delta will do everything humanly possible to make Nigeria ungovernable for him. This is because they strongly believe that core north politicians use Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen to perpetrate widespread destruction of lives and properties in order to make Nigeria ungovernable for Jonathan as they promised in 2010. Consequently, however credible the presidential election may be, emergence of Buhari, Kwankwaso or any core north politician as Nigerian president in 2015 will usher in unprecedented shortage of revenue due to massive and sustained disruption of crude oil and gas production by Niger Delta militants. It will never be business as usual because relying on gas and crude oil revenue will be a very costly miscalculation, hence core north politicians must make adequate arrangement for alternative sources of revenue in order to forestall manifestation of these consequences.

Even at the current production of over two million barrels of crude oil per day with a barrel of crude oil going for over $100, most states can not even pay the national minimum wage. With the exception of Lagos state, every other state will find it extremely difficult to function in absence of crude oil and gas revenue. Fuel scarcity will be persistent with no end in sight. The multiplying effects of these inevitable developments will be all encompassing with enormous capacity to ignite mob actions across the country against the ruling class. But for Niger Delta people, it will be a blessing in disguise because further plundering of their resources will be halted until when they will be free enough to freely harness their God given resources for the benefit of their people.

Initially, Lagos state will be able to generate enough revenue to function normally while all other states will find it extremely difficult to even provide essential services. Consequently, the harsh economic conditions in these states will force their citizens to migrate en mass to Lagos state. This huge and sustained influx of both skilled and unskilled Nigerians to Lagos will overwhelm the state and generate enormous social problems. Within a few years, the crime rate and all sorts of vices will be on the increase and slowly but surely, Lagos state’s government will find it increasingly difficult to function optimally due to lack of funds. Note that Lagos state must service huge domestic debt which runs into billions of Naira as well as $1.2 billion debt to international creditors.

All independent power plants scattered all over the country are powered exclusively by gas. Even at the current level of gas production and supply to these power plants, the quantity of electricity generated is not even enough to enable Distribution Companies break even. The inevitable disruption of gas production and supply to the power plants will lead to permanent shut down of these independent power plants thereby resulting in substantial reduction in electricity produced, hence there will be no power to either transmit or distribute. Many manufacturing companies will collapse due to lack of gas and NGO to power generating plants and generators respectively. Production of good and services will be negatively affected with unemployment, retrenchment, poverty, social vices on the increase.

Generating Companies and Distribution Companies will incur massive losses as there will be no gas for them to generate power from. The Commercial Banks which bankrolled some of these companies will be left with huge bad debts that negatively affect their financial well being. Those who invested in these Gencos and Discos will be enmeshed in massive losses and impact of these on the economy will be disastrous. Meanwhile, the Federal Government will be fighting two wars because while Boko Haram terrorists and Fulani herdsmen will continue with their terrorist activities in the north, crude oil and gas war will be rumbling in the creeks of Niger Delta simultaneously.

Additionally, revenue from South West Geopolitical Zone and South East Geopolitical Zone will also be drastically reduced due to low power supply and many other negative indices generated by the two wars. Faced with these two wars and very little or no revenue from the south as usual, Federal Government will be seriously handicapped in its effort to either prosecute the wars or provide essential services. The conditions so created will provide enabling environment for seamless establishment of a Caliphate by Boko Haram  in the north and inevitable disorderly fragmentation of the Nigerian state.

This can be averted. In 1999, only the Yorubas were asked to provide a president for the nation from amongst themselves in order to heal the wound inflicted by Babangida’s endless transition program. The degree of hatred and mistrust between core north politicians and people of Niger Delta has reached a very dangerous level. Core north politicians have every right as enshrined in the constitution to vie for any elective office in the land, but caution is required to avert the gathering storm next year. They have resolved to return power to the north, no problem. However, for the sake of national unity and survival of Nigeria, core north politicians should throw their weight behind any northerner of their choice to contest for presidency. If such a person is elected freely by the good people of Nigeria as their president, fine and good. But irrespective of the method used, be it through military coup or the most credible presidential election ever held in the entire universe, emergence of a core north politician as president in 2015 may usher in a series of events that may culminate in irreversible disintegration of the Nigerian state. This paper is not aimed at encouraging Nigerians to either oppose or support Jonathan’s political ambition. Rather, it is aimed at drawing the attention of Nigerians to the gathering storm which can dismember this nation if not well managed.

 Dr Deborah Nelson

Views Expressed are Solely Author’s                                                                                                         

Kwankwaso Picks Nomination Form

Reports say Kano State governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, has purchased the party’s Expression of Interest and Presidential Nomination forms for N27.5 million under the All Progressives Congress, APC for the 2015 general election.

During the purchase of the presidential nomination form in Abuja on Thursday, he said funds for the purchase was contributed by some of his supporters, comprising members of the National Assembly, Kano State Assembly and elders across the country.

He also appreciated those who contributed in one way or the other in purchasing the form.

Speaking further, he said, “Mr. Chairman, while I am thanking the National Working Committee, NWC, I want to also thank those who contributed money to purchase this form: members of National Assembly, state assembly, elders not only from Kano, but across the country. Mr. Chairman, I have the capacity to buy this form. But unfortunately or fortunately, they did not tell me. They just went ahead. Not only did they purchase the forms, they told me they have a lot of money for us to start the campaign. So, I want to thank all those who initiated this. That is what I can call a pleasant surprise.”