Abdulmajid Danbilki-Kwamanda, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State has lambasted Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the state chairman of the party, Abdullahi Abbas for backing a Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, House of Reps. candidate on Saturday, January 25 by-election in the state.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that Ali Datti-Yako, a PDP candidate, had defeated former chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin of the APC in the re-run election for Kiru/Bebeji Federal Constituency.
It was gathered that Mr Jibrin’s defeat was the handiwork of the APC leaders in the state, who allegedly opted for the PDP candidate as a payback to Mr Jibrin for his alleged support to the opposition during the last governorship election in the state.
However, in a radio political program titled: ‘Harshen ka, alkalin ka’, aired by Rahma Radio FM, Kano and monitored by DAILY NIGERIAN on Friday, Mr Kwamanda expressed displeasure over the APC leadership’s action.
According to him, Mr Ganduje, as the APC leader in the state, should not have taken that stand to cause the party’s failure for his personal interest.
Mr Kwamanda who is also the chairman of Arewa Media Forum lamented that Mr Ganduje’s anti-party activities might affect the APC’s chance of winning election in 2023.
Mr Kwamanda, a staunch supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari, advised Governor Ganduje to ensure unity and strict adherence to the party’s constitution, rather than perpetrating acts that are undemocratic and capable of destroying the party in the state.
“If a member offends the leadership of the party, he should be called to order through appropriate means, rather than working against him in an election as a punishment.
“I want to draw the attention of the Executive Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Ganduje and APC leaders in Kano that people are aware of the anti-party activities they perpetrated in the Kiru/Bebeji election.
“Party members are now insinuating that Ganduje took this decision because he will no longer vie for the governorship in Kano.
“So, these unfortunate acts are capable of affecting the party’s chances of winning election in 2023. These anti-party activities are a snag to APC and its candidates come 2023,” he lamented.
Mr Kwamanda also expressed displeasure over an alleged report that a serving commissioner who cast his vote for PDP candidate in the re-run election and displayed it to the public.
He said: “I think this commissioner did this on the approval of the governor. But, remember, you will one day pay the negative price of this act.”
The Buhari campagner, therefore, called on the national body of the APC to sanction Messrs Ganduje and Abbas for the alleged anti-party against Mr Jibrin, stressing that if nothing is done about it, the party might lose governorship and National Assembly elections to the opposition PDP come 2023.