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30 Jan 2019

Panic In PDP As Kwankwaso’s Dad Endorses Ganduje For Second Term

Father of a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and former governor of Kano State, Senator.Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, has finally endorse the second term re-election bid of the state governor Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.Alhaji Saleh, who is the District Head of Madobi, assured Ganduje that he would work tirelessly with all his village heads and all community leaders to ensure his victory during the forthcoming gubernatorial poll.

Ex-governor Kwankwaso who had defected to the PDP had chosen his son-law, Abba Yusuf, as his preferred gubernatorial candidate.

“When you came in after your inauguration on 29th May, 2015, we were absolutely sure that you would bring development to all nooks and crannies of the state. And Alhamdulillah, that is what you are doing. So we need more of this development,” Kwankwaso’s father told Ganduje.

“We are ready to support you and get you closer to the people. We appreciate the good work you are doing for your people. We believe in your leadership style as a people-oriented governor who believes in developing his people in all aspects of life,” he added.

In his response, Governor Ganduje said he was in Madobi to seek for fatherly prayers in his re-election bid, adding that, “We are in our home. Here you are with your children. We came to visit our father and get his blessing.”

“We are sure you will give us what we are here for. So when you accept to support my gubernatorial race, we are not surprised because this is just a case of a father and his son,” Ganduje added.

Governor Ganduje assured the district head and all village heads and Imams that he would redouble his commitment when re-elected for a second time.

It will be recalled that Abdullahi Ganduje, Governor of Kano State, seeking reelection on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Mohammed Abacha, governorship candidate of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), were absent at the governorship debate held on Saturday in the state.

The debate was organised by the Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research and Training Mambayya, in collaboration with 10 other civil society organisations.

Ganduje didn’t attend or send a representative. He also didn’t send apologies for his absence. Ganduje, who was in attendance at the signing of the 2019 Peace Accord, held at Bayero University Kano, was expected to attend the debate.However, Abba Yusuf, governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Salihu Takai of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Nasir Mukhtar of the Legacy Party of Nigeria (LPN) attended the debate.

Yusuf said his party would promote politics without bitterness, just as he highlighted his major priorities as education and empowerment of women, youth and civil servants. Noting that his government would continue from where the Kwankwaso administration stopped on education and empowerment, he also promised to improve road infrastructure, as well as ensure development across all sectors of the economy.

Nasir Mukhtar of LPN also said his main target is to improve the economy of the state, and also block all influx of drugs commonly abused by youth and reform them.

For Takai, his administration would focus on empowerment of youth. He also promised to encourage youth to embrace skill acquisition.

Of the three candidates present, only the PDP presented a hard copy of his action plan, whereas Takai, who earlier said his was not ready, later said it was ready in his conclusion remarks.

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