The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party and former Kano State governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has dismissed threats by the immediate past governor of the state, Abdullahi Ganduje, to slap him.
Ganduje had, shortly after he visited President Bola Tinubu at the Aso Rock Villa on Friday evening, told State House correspondents that he would have slapped Kwankwaso if they had met at Aso Rock, Abuja. Kwankwaso had earlier visited the President.
Ganduje’s statement came after the recent demolition of some buildings in the state by the Governor Abba Yusuf-led administration, a move he accused his predecessor, Kwankwaso, of masterminding.
In his response to the threat, Kwankwaso said Ganduje would never dare such an act, adding that the former governor is his “boy politically”.
Speaking to BBC Hausa, Kwankwaso said, “I heard that he (Ganduje) said he would have slapped me, but I’m here. He was just confused. These are all my boys politically. They can’t even look at me straight in the face if we meet.”
Kwankwaso also spoke on insinuations that he planned to work with Tinubu, saying, “We have discussed collaboration. However, a definitive decision is pending. After the inauguration of the National Assembly, we will determine the best course of action.”
Kwankwaso also said he had no plan to defect from the NNPP. On the demolition in Kano, Kwankwaso said the President was briefed and a mutual understanding was reached.
He stated, “Tinubu initiated the conversation, after which I provided a comprehensive explanation, to which Tinubu expressed surprise upon discovering that the information relayed to him was false. During our discussion, he (Tinubu) seemed astonished and was speechless at the information conveyed to him.
“We unequivocally prohibit any governor, irrespective of who they are, including Ganduje or Abba, from constructing on sites designated for mosques, schools or other similar purposes. We will inform them that it is unacceptable.”