👤 By Abdul Tukur
Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is overrating himself and cannot be seen as a major contender in the 2019 presidential election, the Governor of Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje has said.
Despite the popular Kwankwasiyya red cap movement associated to the former Governor, Mr Ganduje said that his former boss, who is now a lawmaker in the upper chamber has no “political structure.”
The latest comment comes days after Senator Kwankwaso took a swing at his successor in an interview he granted to Dele Momodu, the Publisher of Ovation Magazine.
In the interview, Senator Kwankwaso said: “I can guarantee them that I will beat Buhari if given the chance…”
There are speculations that the lawmaker might be decamping back to the PDP or might look for a new platform where he can express his intention for the number one position in Nigeria.
The former minister of Defence, who served as Governor of Kano from 1999–2003 and 2011–2015 and his successor have been at loggerhead with one another since 2015.
The melee has resulted in Senator Kwankwaso being unable to visit Kano for the past three years.
In a statement distributed by the state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, on Sunday, Mr Ganduje notes the fact that the current senator for Kano Central, whose influence resulted in the largest voting share for the All Progressives Congress in Kano in 2015, had not visited the state.
““For over three years, Kwankwaso has been at the Senate, he has not visited Kano Central, his senatorial district, he said.
He added that the lawmaker “has not executed any tangible constituency project for his people.
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“Senator Kwankwaso’s dream to get the PDP presidential ticket remains a tall one that can never see the light of the day because those he is going to meet there are familiar with his antics. They have not forgotten in a hurry, the role he played in destroying the same PDP.
“I am surprised that Kwankawso is now talking about people like Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, a man he persecuted and betrayed in many occasions. I am surprised he is talking about the PDP, a party he destroyed and betrayed many of the chieftains who are still there today to pay him back with his own coin.
“All his political structure has been completely dismantled. Those who know him will understand that he is overrating himself and cannot be seen as a major contender in the 2019 presidential election. He is an usurper who wants power by all means. Here in Kano, the support for President Buhari and the APC is non-negotiable.”