The outgoing governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje said the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu was not fair to him for meeting with his political rival, Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso.
Tinubu and Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) met for four hours in France, discussing a wide range of issues, including the possibility of the NNPP Presidential Candidate joining the incoming cabinet, according to Daily Trust.
Responding, Abdulmajid Kwamanda, an APC leader in Kano, said Tinubu must not give any appointment to Kwankwaso, not even that of a messenger.
“We in the North West do not welcome Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to our party APC. We do not accept the idea of Bola Tinubu giving him any appointment even as low as a messenger in our dear party. Should Tinubu ignore our outcry and appoint Kwankwaso, we are going to disrupt the entire APC in the north and withdraw our support for him, ,” Kwamanda had told reporters.
In a leaked phone conversation between Ganduje and Ibrahim Masari, a former placeholder vice presidential candidate of the APC, the governor was heard fuming about the meeting.
Masari had predicted that such a meeting would take place, Ganduje said, adding there was nothing he could do to stop it.
“But at that time, you could have spoken with him (Tinubu). You can (sic) call him and talk to him,” Masari said.
“What could I have told him?” asked Ganduje.
He continued: “Now he (Tinubu) is seeing Kwankwaso as an alternative to us? No problem. Because we don’t have a government? And it’s even because of him (Tinubu) we lost the government in any way.
“Even if he will see him (Kwankwaso), he ought to have called us too. Or don’t you understand, even if symbolically.”
However, Masari, an ally of Tinubu, pacified Ganduje and urged not to be angry over the issue. He told the governor that he will meet with Tinubu.
But Ganduje would not stop lamenting. He said: “And all these things are from God. And the calculation that he is doing is not even accurate… And this man, how did he end up with Jonathan?”
Ganduje is expected to meet Masari over the weekend, according to Daily Trust.
Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje told the medium he had no authority to speak on the issue. But he never denied nor authenticated the veracity of the phone conversation.