The governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state are afraid to promote President Goodluck Jonathan as the party’s presidential candidate, terrified that the president has failed Nigerians.
Mr. Kwankwaso said while PDP leaders in the state have shied away from identifying with the party’s presidential candidate, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has gained wider support with its choice of Muhammadu Buhari as its presidential candidate.
Mr. Kwankwaso referred to Mr. Buhari, himself as Kano Central Senatorial candidate, and the state APC gubernatorial candidate, Abdullahi Ganduje, as easily sellable political personalities.
The governor was speaking at the government house where some APC members from Dawakin Tofa local government area thanked him for the selection of their son, Mr. Ganduje, who is the deputy governor, as the party’s governorship candidate in the forthcoming election.
Mr. Kwankwaso explained that Mr. Ganduje was chosen based on the deputy governor’s merit and loyalty to the party and the Kwankwasiyya Movement.
He said only those loyal to the APC and his Kwankwasiyya Movement are eligible for political posts.
The governor also said the party would not succumb to blackmail or people seeking favours behind doors.
“Some unfaithful members of the APC in the state, who are using the media to point the finger at leaders or send influential people to seek patronage on their behalf despite their gross incompetence would never get us succumbing to their demands or their blackmail because doing that will be doing a great disservice to the good people of Kano state,” he said.
Mr. Kwankwaso asserted that no one approached him asking him to favour Mr. Ganduje. He said party members were expected to be hardworking and loyal to qualify for any political posts.
He charged Mr. Ganduje to be committed to the progress of the state when elected as governor in the forthcoming election, assuring that the electorate would not vote for any party other than the APC.
The governor told the visitors that the APC gubernatorial candidate was presently heading 90 per cent of government committees.
He said there was no project done without Mr. Ganduje’s input, which meant if he eventually became the governor, the deputy governor would continue with the Kwankwasiyya vision.