The governor of Kano state, Abdullahi Ganduje, has said that the agitation by members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (NPDP), is as a result of corruption fighting back. He spoke on Monday, May 28, 2018 at a news conference to mark the third anniversary of his administration. According to him, the claim of marginalisation by nPDP members does not hold water. Ganduje who is a member of the group, said most of the members hold key positions in the government of All Progressives Congress (APC), asking how that translates into marginalisation.
The governor also excluded himself from those claiming to have been marginalised. He said that: “I believe there must be something underground, you know Mr. President is facing a difficult moment; corruption is fighting back, so you can see where the issue of marginalisation is coming from, it is not an issue of marginalisation, it is an issue of corruption fighting back. “I will give you an analysis that will show that they are not being marginalised. First of all, the Senate President is from the defunct nPDP, he is now the Senate President; he controls very important committees in which he singlehandedly approved chairmen of 30 committees – that is not marginalisation.
“You have the governor of Kwara state who is also a member of the nPDP. He has a whole government; how can he say he is marginalised? “The Governor of Adamawa state is nPDP and he is now a governor. I am from nPDP and I am now a governor. We have most of us from the nPDP who are senators and House of Representatives members. “You have the speaker of house of representatives who is a member of the nPDP and a speaker under the banner of APC; how can he say he is being marginalized? He controls lucrative committees. He appoints the chairmen and membership of the committees singlehandedly, without interference from the executive. How can he say he is being marginalised? “So, if you take this issue one by one, you can see that the issue of marginalisation is not there. Therefore, we the majority of the nPDP are disclaiming the allegation and we believe that we are not being marginalise”. He went further to say that the threat of the group to defect from the APC will not affect the votes President Muhammadu Buhari will garner in the 2019 elections.
Ganduje insisted that Kano will give the president five million votes, even if Rabiu Kwankwaso, his predecessor, leaves the party. He said that: “Well, we are begging Kwankwaso not to move to another party, but if he decides to go, no problem, that is individual difference; and it cannot affect President Buhari’s fortune of getting five million votes from Kano”. “So it is not the issue of the former governor taking his paraphernalia to another party. It is the issue of our commitment to win elections. We are not going to say that there will be no obstacle; there will be obstacle, but we will surmount it; so, President Buhari will get five million votes from Kano”. You will recall that the nPDP met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Monday. After the meeting, the group said it is yet to decide if it will remain in the APC.