The Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje says the defection of his immediate-past predecessor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso and other lawmakers to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, would not affect the chances of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019.
This is contained in a statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and made available to newsmen on Friday in Kano.
”Their defection will not constitute any problem to our great party, the APC, at all levels. People should keep their eyes (open) to what will happen during election.
“Our dear President has been doing the needful in terms of developing the nation, coupled with his efforts in efficient service delivery.
“Good governance is at its peak and the war against corruption is successfully being waged.
“I want you to go and study the situation on ground in Kano, his (Kwankwaso) defection does not change the political mood in the state. Nobody cares to be disturbed by their action,” Mr Ganduje said.
The governor said when his predecessor was in the APC his intention was to vie for presidency adding, “when it appeared to him, in black and white, that there is no vacancy in the Villa, he now decided to leave on his own.”
He said that Mr Kwankwaso should be ready to battle it out at the polls next year.
Mr Ganduje said when Mr Kwankwaso secures a presidential ticket from the party he cross carpets to, then he should wait and see how we will slug it out with him.
He said that when the time comes, the senator would fully understand how popular and loveable President Muhammadu Buhari is.
“Kano will give more votes to our President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, than what he got in 2015 election.
“From the 2015 election to date, those who could not vote because of age limit, are now grown up, meaning they will now be eligible to vote.
“Therefore, President Buhari stands the chance to get five million votes from Kano State by grace of Almighty Allah,” he said.