The All Progressives Congress (APC) has put forth a claim suggesting that the ongoing barrage of criticisms against the achievements of the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, in Kano State, may have played a role in the exclusion of New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) Presidential Candidate, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, from President Bola Tinubu’s cabinet.
Leading up to the revelation of Tinubu’s ministerial nominees, speculations swirled that Kwankwaso could potentially secure a ministerial position within Tinubu’s government, given the close ties between the two political figures following the presidential election.
However, to the surprise of many, Kwankwaso did not find his name among the list of Tinubu’s chosen nominees. Instead, a former governor of Rivers State and member of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nyesom Wike, secured a ministerial slot.
In an exclusive conversation with our correspondent on Sunday, Bala Ibrahim, the Director of Publicity for the APC, expressed his belief that the relentless attacks on Ganduje’s accomplishments by Governor Abba Yusuf of the NNPP and Kwankwaso’s political protege were potential factors influencing Tinubu’s decision not to appoint Kwankwaso to a ministerial role.
Ibrahim elaborated, stating, “Kwankwaso holds considerable sway within Kano’s political landscape. However, the behavior exhibited by his Kwankwasiyya movement has caused a gradual erosion of his support base. The movement’s approach has introduced an element of chaos into Kano’s political sphere, and by extension, Nigeria’s as well.”
He continued, “The President is likely to have gauged public sentiment and assessed the effectiveness of his policies, particularly his efforts to gain the favor of the people of Kano. It is impossible to overlook the political acumen, wisdom, and experience of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje when it comes to his political maneuvering within Kano.”
Comparing the two figures, Ibrahim asserted, “When measured on a balanced political scale, Ganduje’s influence and impact far exceed those of Kwankwaso. I believe the President sought counsel from individuals who provide sincere and informed advice, people who accurately gauge the state’s political temperature. The President’s decision not to underestimate Ganduje appears to have been guided by this consideration.”
However, the Kwankwaso camp responded with criticism of the APC’s stance, accusing the party of attempting to tarnish Kwankwaso’s reputation. Major Agbo, NNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, dismissed the APC’s remarks, stating that they were not worth addressing.
Agbo declared, “Certain matters are outside the scope of our party’s current responses. Senator Kwankwaso has directly addressed the matter you mentioned. He has publicly communicated his decision. What more could you expect?”
Agbo added, “If Ganduje chooses to persist in his behavior and maintain a demeanor reminiscent of a military commander, it is his prerogative. However, this has no bearing on our party’s standpoint.”