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PHOTOS: Supporters from disputed Gama Ward troop to Kwankwaso’s residence

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Rayyan Alhassan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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Mammoth crowd of supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Gama Ward in Nasarawa Local Government Area of the Kano state have trooped into former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso’s residence in the state in solidarity for the shelved plan to visit the area today (Thursday) due to security reports.

The supporters, who were all clad with symbolic red cap of the movement, were seen holding placards and banners with various inscriptions such as ‘Gama is for Abba’.

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DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that the cancellation of the visit followed an intelligence report at the disposal of the PDP which alleged that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje had deployed thugs to attack Mr Kwankwaso, the PDP governorship candidate and their supporters.

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Mammoth crowd of supporters at Kwankwaso’ residence

It was also gathered that the planned violence was carefully orchestrated to portray the present Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammad Wakili’s failure to secure the state.

Our correspondent, however, gathered that the people of Gama had been trooping to Mr Kwankwaso’ residence in Kano in solidarity for the forthcoming rerun election in some select areas in the state.

“We have shelved the planned visit to Gama Ward, following intelligence report that Ganduje has deployed thugs to attack RMK in order to portray it as CP Wakili’s failure to secure Kano. However, the people of Gama have been trooping to RMK’s residence,” an insider in the Kwankwasiyya movement stated.

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According to one of the supporters of the PDP in the state, who is simply identified as Dadiyata, on Twitter, quoted Mr Kwankwaso as saying: “Our political ambition is not worth a single drop of blood of any Kano citizen.”

Mammoth crowd of supporters at Kwankwaso’ residence

Recall that Gama Ward is one of the largest wards in which a rerun election is slated.

The ward, which has over 47,000 registered voters, is believed to be a stronghold area of the PDP in the state.

Following the declaration of elections in the state as inconclusive, the PDP candidate Kabir-Yusuf as well as the incumbent governor in the state and All Progressives Congress, APC governorship candidate, Abdullahi Ganduje, have been rallying around the ward with a viewing to wooing voters ahead of the March 23 date of rerun elections.

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Mammoth crowd of supporters at Kwankwaso' residence
Mammoth crowd of supporters at Kwankwaso’ residence

To this end, Mr Ganduje had swiftly hit the ground running by embarking on road construction projects, borehole drilling and women and youth empowerment initiative in the ward.

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