The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano State is facing a new problem that could hurt Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate.
This time, some members of the House of Representatives, led by the Majority Leader, Ado Doguwa, and the party’s Deputy Gubernatorial candidate, Muritala Garo, are at odds with each other strongly.
DSMEDIA24 remembers that earlier in the week, Garo said that the majority leader beat him up and stopped a meeting that was going on with some people from the State.
Doguwa had also argued against the claim, saying that Garo is in charge of taking over the government and keeping National Assembly members out of the process.
People who know about the situation say that the candidate for deputy governor, who comes from a well-known Garo family, was the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs, a job that gave him a lot of power in the State. He is also said to be married to Atiku Abubakar’s daughter.
Garo also said he was interested in running for governor, but Governor Umar Ganduje chose Nasiru Gawuna instead. To get the young Garo on board, he was given the position of running mate.
Doguwa, on the other hand, has been in the House of Representatives since 2003, and he is likely to be one of the lawmakers who wants to be the speaker of the 10th Assembly if he is elected.
Since Doguwa won the 2019 elections after a rerun, and he has to fight to get back into the House, this latest fight could be a sign of a big problem in the party.
During the primaries, the Kano APC almost fell apart because of a fight within the party, which caused several politicians to leave for the NNPP. Ganduje put an end to this by letting two senators from the State come back to their seats during the primaries.
But it looks like the crisis in the state has come back, and both Atiku and Rabiu Kwankwaso are waiting to see what happens next.
Kano and race in 2023
Kano State has been the largest voting state for a long time, and its votes have decided the winner of a number of presidential elections. In 2019, Buhari won Kano State with 1,464,768 votes, which was 78.9% of all votes cast. This was more than Atiku’s 391,593 votes.
Now that Buhari isn’t running, Kwankwaso and his NNPP party are two of the top choices in the State, along with Atiku of the PDP.
Tinubu has put the State’s needs ahead of the elections for months. Since he decided to run for president, Tinubu has spent more time in Kano than in any other State besides Lagos and Abuja.
In his campaign schedule, he plans to hold two rallies in Kano State, one in January and another before the big finale in Lagos State.
During a press conference on Thursday at the National Assembly, Doguwa said that Rabiu Kwankwaso is still powerful in the State, even though there have been talks on the side. He also said that the APC will lose the State if the crisis continues.
“Garo was the commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs before he became the running mate. I’m sure you reporters know what we call those State departments. The Ministry of Petroleum Resources is what we call them. This person got the chance to work for a ministry that has a huge amount of money.
“His last wife is now Atiku Abubakar’s daughter. When he didn’t get the ticket, I went to see him. He told me, “Since you screwed me up, I’d rather be an in-law to the president than a deputy governor, which would just make me a messenger.” He doesn’t want to work for the APC; instead, he wants to marry the next president’s daughter.
Doguwa also praised Kwankwaso at the press conference, saying that he would be ready to make peace with the State’s former governor if Kwankwaso is willing to reach out to him.
He said that his problem with Kwankwaso is not a political one, but rather a personal one. He said that the problem between the two can be solved with just one phone call from the ex-governor.
Doguwa said that APC should forget about Kano if the party’s leaders are not willing to step in.
For Tinubu, the fights between Messrs. Doguwa and Garo could cost the party the 5,927,565 votes in the State.