Kano State commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, has refuted the story attributed to the First Lady, Prof. Hafsat Ganduje which she was reported to have endorsed Murtala Sule Garo, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as successor to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje come 2023.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the influential First Lady, at a function in Kano recently, hinted that Mr Garo is the ideal candidate to succeed Mr Ganduje.
However, in a statement issued on Monday, Mr Garba explained that the governor’s wife was quoted out of contest in the trending video clip on the social media platforms.
In the video, he added in the statement, the First Lady was only thrilled by Mr Garo’s performance whom she fondly called commander and for his support for the policies and programmes of Governor Ganduje and his administration in the state.
“Just as she commended Murtala Sule Garo for his performance, Her Excellency has also been consistent in applauding any other commissioner or public servant who perform wonderfully well in the discharge of his responsibility,” Mr Garba said.
Mr Garba pointed out that content of the video was twisted by making a fictitious story out of it and given much publicity by people bent on creating confusion and unnecessary tension so as to create divisions in the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC in the state.
He called on party members and supporters to exercise patience and restraint until the appropriate time comes for the democratic process to take effect on how a gubernatorial candidate emerges.
The commissioner stated that the Ganduje administration is focused on completion and implementation of key policies and programmes as well as critical infrastructure projects between now and 2023.
He therefore called on party members to disregard rumours being peddled and direct their energy towards supporting the administration to continue to serve them better.