Former Kano State Governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, has taken his personal war with his predecessor and political rival, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to another level when he took the national leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), to the cleaners in an interview on a Kano-based radio station, Freedom Radio, on Sunday night.
The new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), while responding to questions on Kwankwaso, debunked widely held views that he was Kwankwaso’s political son, insisting that at no time was he an underling of the NNPP stalwart.
“Yes I agreed that Kwankwaso was my political partner but I had never been his political godson, what happened was that we contested the same gubernatorial seat back in 1999 I was appeased to go for Deputy Governor but not as his boy” Ganduje said.
He also accused Kwankwaso of being a monumental failure as a Minister during his tenure under former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
“His tenure as Minister of Defense was nothing but a failure,” Ganduje said when asked to access his rival’s time as a Minister.
“Kwankwaso tenure as Governor of the state was merely done on parts, because he was chased away and managed to stage a comeback, while his tenure as Senator was nothing but a total waste and served as Minister of Defense but without the actual knowledge of what Defense is all about,” he added.
In what also seemed like a mockery of his predecessor, Ganduje said as the Chairman of the ruling party, he would be magnanimous enough to accept Kwankwaso to the party if he is willing to defect.
Ganduje also condemned the new Kano government of NNPP for demolishing buildings including that of Eid Ground, insisting that what they do in the names of religion is so ignorant of the very religion they are talking about.
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