Outgoing Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, says the people of the north felt insulted by comments attributed to the wife of President Goodluck Jonathan, hence they voted massively to have him removed from office as President.
He stated that President Jonathan failed because he failed to play national politics that would have launched him out as a statesman, and also made a big mistake by picking the wrong people and surrounding himself with treacherous elements.
The senator-elect in an interview with Vanguard on Sunday, said, “I believe the President failed for inexplicable reasons. I don’t blame him. He failed to play national politics that would have launched him out as a statesman. He didn’t know who was who in this country, he was just looking at faces and those who dressed well and carried many cell phones and they met at the airport and they smiled and he must have assumed that these were the good people he needed to do business with on behalf of other Nigerians.
“Unfortunately, he made a big mistake by picking the wrong people and surrounding himself with such treacherous elements”.
According to him, the people of the South South were very close to northern leaders and they always work and vote together. “But we have done everything possible to work with him but, of course, he squandered the opportunity. He didn’t handle it very well up to the extent that most of us saw that we don’t have future as PDP members and as individuals and, that is why we had to come together to organise ourselves to defeat him”.
He also lamented, that the north felt insulted by comments of wife to the president, Dame Patience Jonathan on issues of almajiris.”Look at what the wife of the President said about us-northerners. She was just castigating the North almost at every opportunity. You cannot insult us and think that you can get away with it. This democracy is a game of numbers, and that is why we went back and put almajiris together to get about two million votes.
“The issue of almajiris have been open to abuse in this country and turned into insults for us. Almajiri here is a positive word but the way they see it is that we are beggars, that we produce so many children that we cannot take care of, and that is what the First Lady was saying and we kept quiet because we had our own way of answering her and we did exactly that on the 28th of March”, he said.
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