The executive Governor of Kano state, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje weekend threatened to probe his estranged predecessor and a sitting Federal MP, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s tenure.
In a highly worded press statement signed by the state Commissioner of information and culture, Alhaji Muhammad Garba noted that Kwankwaso’s penchant of peddling unsubstantiated allegations may put him on a collision course with Kano state government.
Ganduje declared that “this deliberate distortion of facts and spreading of falsehood is capable of provoking the government to drop its non-confrontational stance and institute commission of inquiry to prove the previous administration particularly on illegal land deals, education and infrastructure.” Ganduje’s reaction came on the heel of an ultimatum by Kwankwasiyya movement on a sitting Governor to drop his red cap within 24 hours or else face legal hurdles.
The statement added “the threat of legal action against Governor Ganduje by the movement if he fails to stop wearing red cap within 48 hours is the most laughable, pathetic, clear indication of their ignorance of the law and history of political struggle in Kano. They should have known that red cap was introduced by Late Aminu Kano and popularized by him, his followers and disciples for which Governor Ganduje was among.
He was also at the forefront of its re-introduction during the second tenure of Kwankwaso in 2011. Who then could better claim the red cap doctrine? The statement noted that “this unfortunate behaviour lacking in any tint of civility, decency and responsible politicking that has become the hallmark of top echelons of the Kwankwasiyya movement is, to say the least, laughable, pathetic, pitiful and desperate attempt to misguide the public and bring the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his personality to disrepute.”