The meeting between President-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on February 25th, has continued to raise eyebrows among Kano State officials of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tinubu and Kwankwaso met in France last week, where they discussed a variety of matters, including the likelihood of the NNPP candidate entering the new cabinet.
We previously reported that Abdulmajid Kwamanda, an APC leader in Kano, was dissatisfied with the meeting and cautioned Tinubu not to select Kwankwaso, even as a messenger.
“In the North West, we do not welcome Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to our APC party.” We reject the notion of Bola Tinubu providing him with any assistance.appointment as low as a messenger in our beloved party. If Tinubu ignores our protests and appoints Kwankwaso, we will disturb the entire APC in the north and withdraw our support for him,” Kwamanda had told reporters.
However, following Kwamanda’s remark, a phone call tape apparently between Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and Ibrahim Masari, the APC’s former placeholder vice presidential candidate, surfaced.
Ganduje was heard on the recording lamenting the president-elect’s meeting with Kwankwaso, saying it was in poor taste.The governor began the talk by claiming that the meeting between Tinubu and Kwankwaso was causing a lot of uproar in the state.
Ganduje stated that despite Masari informing him of the potential of such a meeting, there was nothing he could do about it.
Tinubu, he claimed, should have invited him and other APC leaders in Kano to the meeting as a symbolic gesture.
“But you could have talked to him (Tinubu) at the time,”You can call and talk to him,” Masari stated.
“What could I have told him?” the governor was heard saying. Now he (Tinubu) sees Kwankwaso as a viable option to us? No worries. Because we lack a government? And it’s even due toWe lost the government because of him (Tinubu).
“Even if he will see him (Kwankwaso), he should have called us as well.” Or you don’t understand, even if only metaphorically.”
Masari, a Tinubu loyalist, was then heard calming Ganduje, encouraging him not to be furious with the outcome, adding that everyone knows Tinubu was not fair to him. He urged the governor to keep cool until he meets with Tinubu on Thursday in Abuja.
“And all of this is from God.” And the calculation he’s doing isn’t even correct… “And how did he end up with Jonathan?” Ganduje wondered.
According to the Daily Trust, the governor left Kano late Friday evening for Abuja.and will hopefully meet Masari this weekend before the latter meets with President-elect Tinubu.