The crisis rocking the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, took a dramatic turn on Saturday, as state chairman of the party, Umar Doguwa, disowned his earlier statement on the suspension of a former governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, while also accusing the state governor of forcing him to make the statement.
It would be recalled that Doguwa had at a press briefing in Kano, threatened to evoke the necessary provisions of the party’s constitution to sanction Kwankwaso for allegedly organising a “violent rally”. He also accused Kwankwaso exhibiting “acts of indiscipline which should not be allowed to go unpunished”.
He also said that the elders of the party in the state had already agreed to sanction the former governor. He further accused Kwankwaso of deliberately turning a supposed condolence visit to a violent rally to cause mayhem in the state, abuse the governor and President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, in a dramatic twist on Saturday, Doguwa, while speaking with journalists, said he was forced by Mr. Ganduje to make the statements he made against Mr. Kwankwaso.
According to him, the Executive arm of government under Mr. Ganduje “purely confused a social event with politics because the visit of Kwankwaso was politicized out of proportion”.
The party chairman also said he was withdrawing his statement while also threatening to suspend the governor.
“I hereby withdraw the statement and disassociate myself from it. The statement is a product of warped and mischievous elements in the government whose position and antics are to cause confusion and disunity among the rank and file of our party.”
However, few hours after Doguwa addressed journalists, the secretary of the APC in Kano State, Abbas Sani, called a press conference, insisting that Kwankwaso must be punished for what happened at Ganduje town during the condolence visit, adding that the u-turn by Mr. Doguwa was “unfortunate” and would be investigated.
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“The APC state working committee disassociates itself from the Chairman’s rather sad twisted position and the action is nothing but a betrayal of trust shouldered on him.
“The Chairman’s remarks are his personal opinion and that of his mentor which will not change the earlier position of investigating the action of Kwankwaso and bringing him to book”.
Mr. Sani reaffirmed his total loyalty and that of the APC working committee to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the party’s constitution.
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