The political tussle between the immediate-past governor of Kano State, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, and the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje has reached climax, as the lalter declared that he had parted with the former forever.
Kwankwaso and Ganduje are former political associates who enjoyed harmonious relationship since 1999, but a fierce battle between them broke out immediately after the former handed over power to the latler.
The crisis between the duo had created faction within the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state.
Speaking at a meeting with local government chairmanship candidates and their running mates, as well as the councilorship candidates of the APC, ahead of the February 10 local councils elections, at the government house, on Monday, Mr Ganduje lamented that the Kwankwasiyya group had waged war against Gandujiyya, declaring that he was ready for the battle.
According to Mr Ganduje, the Kwankwasiyya group had filed a lawsuit in Abuja court, asking the court to stop the election.
He added that the state government had sent it’s commissioner for justice, alongside seven lawyers to defend the government.
“Everybody knows we are innocent in our crisis with Kwankwasiyya. What baffles me is that, they are going round the country, saying we can’t win election without their support. This is ridiculous. This is lie.
“Therefore, we have parted ways with Kwankwasiyya forever.
“These Kwankwasiyya people failed to see all the struggles you have been making to win this election. All the money you are spending, despite all the rain, cold and hot weather, in struggle to win the location, but they took us to court that the election should not hold.
“I have never seen such an enmity. Do these people love us? But they are calling for reconciliation, for what?
“If we reconcile, how do we manage this red cap? I myself, am about to remove my own. Kwankwasiyya is not a political party, so what would be our stance if we reconcile?” he asked rhetorically.
Mr Ganduje also called on the candidates to pray hard for the state government to win the cases filed by the Kwankwasiyya and opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP at respective law courts.
The courts would pass judgement on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.