Kingsley Madaki, Abuja
About few days to the installation of a new government in the country, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State is allegedly using every Asernal in his domain to ensure he clinches the position of Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He was elected into the 8th National Assembly to represent his people as a Senator and they will be inaugurated in June. However, Kwankwaso, one of the governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) but defected to the All Progressive Congress (APC) before the last general elections is reputed to be one of the governors who delivered the number of votes that gave President-elect Muhammadu Buhari victory.
A very top stakeholder in the APC told The Union that this former presidential aspirant under the APC is not just angling to be rewarded for the over two million votes but preparing a platform for another presidential aspiration in 2019.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source explained that since there are insinuations that Gen Muhammudu Buhari may not be allowed a second-term opportunity, younger members of the party are already seeking strategic positioning for the topmost job. Top among the list is the former FCT minister and now governor elect of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
According to the source, “Kwankwaso believes that an FCT ministerial position which is seen to be as powerful as a state governor would put him in a position to dispense patronage instead of sitting powerlessly in the Senate.
He also believes that the ministerial position will empower him to compete favourably against others when the time comes.”
The Union believe that a strong lobby group has been put together to impress it on Buhari to appoint the outgoing governor into the position.
It is also believed that he has the backing of some northern elders and some of his colleague governors in the APC. Recently, a group which claims to comprise of Abuja residents addressed a press conference ‘begging’ the president elect to appoint Kwankwaso as the FCT minister.