Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
The governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Sunday made his first a public appearance with a cap other than red, after spending over seven years wearing the color, which symbolizes loyalty to Kwankwasiyya movement, founded by the immediate past governor of the state, Rabi’u Kwankwaso.
Crisis between two long political associates erupted shortly after inauguration of Mr Ganduje as governor. The crisis culminated in the defection of Mr Kwankwaso from ruling APC to PDP after losing control of the party at the state level.
As the crisis lingers, the governor slowly reduced the tone of red color from his cap to almost white.
A source close to Mr Ganduje revealed that the governor decided to “completely” remove the red cap after Mr Kwankwso’s defection.
The source narrated that the black damanga cap was presented to the governor as a gift by a Kano APC elder, Bashir Tofa, when the governor paid him a Sallah visit recently.
“Yesterday, during an event organised by APC Volunteers Group at the government house, was the first appearance of governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje with a cap other than red for quite a long time.
“Despite the resolution of the Kano State House of Assembly asking Ganduje and his loyalists to remove the red cap, he refused to drop it, hoping for a possibility of reconciliation with Kwankwaso. But he slowly reduced the red tone in the cap.
“When Ganduje paid a Sallah visit to Bashir Tofa, he (Tofa) expressed his displeasure at Ganduje’s continuous wearing of red cap.
“Bashir Tofa then entered into his room and came out with something in an envelope and asked Ganduje not to open it.
“While on his way to Government House, his associates were eager to see the content of the envelope and insisted that he open it.
“When the governor opened the envelop, we saw a black cap, and we all burst into hysterical laughter” said the official.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that Mr Kwankwaso recently alluded to Mr Ganduje’s continuous wearing of red cap, while hosting the PDP chairmen of the 44 local government areas of the state in Kaduna State.
Mr Kwankwaso also told the PDP chairmen that Kwankwasiyya supporters that don’t wear red cap are much more than those that wear the red cap.
“Supporting Kwankwasiyya is beyond wearing red cap or pasting stickers or logo. In Kano State, and even in Nigeria, the Kwankwasiyya supporters that don’t wear red cap or paste stickers are much more than those that wear it,” he said.
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