Kwankwaso-Ganduje Rift: 34 Lawmakers Remove Red-caps In Solidarity With Kano Gov

Kwankwaso-Ganduje Rift: 34 Lawmakers Remove Red-caps In Solidarity With Kano Gov


Thirty-four Kano State legislators yesterday angrily removed their symbolic red caps, vowing never to wear them again as they resolved to stand by the incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, who recently fell out with his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

It was a pleasant drama scene at the Kano State House of Assembly yesterday when the state lawmakers decided to bring an end to the era of ‘redcap revolution’ introduced in 2011 by former governor Kwankwaso when was elected for a second term.

Led by the Speaker Kabiru Alhassan Rurum, 34 of the 40-member state assembly decided to publicly show their support to Ganduje, who was Kwankwaso’s former deputy during his first and second tenures as Kano State chief executive.

Kwankwaso first became Kano State governor in 1999 but lost his re-election bid to Governor Ibrahim Shekarau who was in office for eight years, from 2003-2011. Kwankwaso was re-elected governor in 2011 and proceeded to the Senate in 2015 at the expiration of his tenure. Before proceeding to the Senate, he had run for president on the APC platform but had lost the party’s presidential ticket to Muhammadu Buhari, ending in second place.

But to show their resolve, the state lawmakers later paid a solidarity visit to Government House, Kano, where they declared their resolve to stand by the current governor even if they have to do away with Kwankwasiya, the political slogan of the former governor.

The Speaker said they had decided to get rid of the red cap that had become a fashion, not only amongst the political class but virtually all male persons in Kano, in order to allow the present state government have space to fulfil its mandate to Kano people.

However, Governor Ganduje urged the lawmakers not to discard the red cap; rather, he advised them to use it as a unique symbolism of their party’s greatness in Kano.

“Let us use it as symbol of greatness and commitment to work,” Ganduje said, describing the now controversial red cap “as a political ideology that started with the political mentor of all the present and past politicians in the state and even beyond, who is no other person than the late Malam Aminu Kano.

The governor had on Monday publicly accused his predecessor of promoting thuggery in the state. Consequently, he called on Kano people to resist all the antics of his former boss and prove to him that Kano is greater than any individual and the few people around him.

On the subject of their discord, Governor Ganduje hinted that Senator Kwankwaso was not on the same page with President Muhammadu Buhari.

“There will never be a time when a politician in this state would be allowed to discredit President Muhammad Buhari to score cheap political points”, he asserted.

Senator Kwankwaso had recently led a group of party supporters to condole with Governor Ganduje over the death of his mother.

During the visit, which was the first major political outing of the senator, his supporters were said to have continuously insulted the bereaved governor and his cabinet members, turning what ought to have been a sober event into theatre of political conflict. They were also said to have waved banners supporting the senator to run for president again in 2019.


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