Indications are rife that all is not well with the Kano state chapter of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), as a result of a cold war between the Kano State governor, Alh . Rabiu Kwankwaso and the party’s presidential Flagbearer, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.
The crisis which has already began to polarise the party along loyalty lines has been blamed on what watchers claim high handedness by the presidential aspirant. They allege that Gen. Buhari has refused to recognise any other power bloc within the party especially the Kwankwasiya movement which is acclaimed to be one of the biggest blocs in the party nationwide.
Political watchers have attributed his refusal to handover the party’s flag to the state governorship aspirant, Alh. Umar Ganduje during the just concluded presidential rally, as a fall out of this feud as he was not to disposed to Ganduje ‘ s emergence owing to the latter’s membership of the Kwankwasiya.
This rivalry many believe has been in existence since the founding of the APC where legacy members of the party were not comfortable with the newcomers whom they claimed had come to take their place. It has also been gathered that the lack of trust between Kwankwaso and Buhari may stem from the latter’s comments in 2010 when he called the General a serial coupist.
Speaking exclusively to our correspondent, Mallam Tanko Bamali a party stalwart lamented the situation, according to him since Buhari’s entrance into the party due to merger, the opposition has become divided and even caused defection of major stakeholders in Kano.
He further lamented that they had expected that after these years of venturing into politics, Buhari should have realised the difference between dictatorship and democracy, to adopt democratic traits.
“Mai Gaskiya is not a bad man, his problem is that he fails to realise that this is politics and you don’t always have your way, you allow the people decide, but he always insists on what he wants as if he is still in the army. It is this same character that cost him his presidency in previous attempts”. He acknowledged.
Meanwhile, rumours are rife in the state that members ofthe Kwankwasiya movement, are already signifhing their disdain for the behaviour displayed by Buhari during the visit and have begun strategising towards delivering their governorship candidate Alh. Umar Ganduje while supporting Goodluck Jonathan for the presidency. However sources close to the Kano state governor, Mallam Rabiu Kwankwaso, have revealed that the governor has since been moving around pillars of his cult like followership to calm their nerves so as to abate failure in the February polls.