Gabriel Idibia, Kano
Kano state Government said it has uncovered plans by former governor of the state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to disrupt Saturday’s House of Assembly bye-election in Minjibir. The allegation was however denied by the accused.
Commissioner of Information, Youth, Sports and culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, in a tense statement made available to newsmen in Kano, had alleged that Kwankwaso and his political supporters have plans to unleash mayhem during the rescheduled election and disrupt it.
Minjibir bye-election was rescheduled following botched attempt to hold same last April due to break down of law and order.
“Information at our disposal suggests that Kwankwaso has hired thugs from neighbouring country of Niger Republic, states of Katsina and Jigawa to unleash mayhem on innocent and law abiding electorates, with the aim of scuttling the entire process for selfish reasons.
“We have received credible information that the Kwankwasiyya group, knowing fully that their anti-party disposition will fail, resorted to hiring of thugs from the Republic of Niger and neighbouring states of Katsina and Jigawa state.
“We want to state that as a responsible government, we will not sit down and fold our hands for some disgruntled elements to cause chaos in the state and destroy the relative peace”
“We have informed the security agencies of this nefarious plan, and we will support them to protect lives and property of law abiding citizens.
“As a responsible government we will not be party to any process that is undemocratic and unlawful”, the statement read.
Garba also called on citizens of the state, especially the people of Minjibir local government, to be law abiding, and urged them to go out and exercise their franchise without any fear of molestation as he assured them of safety.
Reacting to the allegation however, Sen. Kwankwaso described it as “cheap blackmail”.
“The allegation is false, unfounded but cheaply designed to malign a distinguished figure for being a gentleman”, Kwankwaso said through the spokesperson of Kwankwasiyya Foundation, Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam, who also wondered why the Ganduje administration was obsessed with Kwankwaso.
“If they have a nightmare, it is Kwankwaso; if they anticipate failure, it’s Kwankwaso; and you continue to wonder why they are so scared of their shadows”, Abdulsalam said.