I Have No Regret Supporting Ganduje To Be Governor, Says Kwankwaso


Former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, says he has no regret supporting Governor Abdullahi Ganduje to succeed him as the Chief Executive of the state.

During his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Senator Kwankwaso spoke about his relationship with Governor Ganduje in the past, as well as how they both worked together until 2015.

“I have no regret whatsoever because we are still strong, much stronger than 2015. Not only in Kano but across the country and beyond,” he said.

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Kwankwaso was first elected governor of the north-western state in 1999 and was re-elected in 2011, completing his eight years allowed by the Constitution.

When Ganduje became governor, Kwankwaso was a Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial District in 2015.

Though elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), his then deputy, Abdullahi Ganduje, succeeded him in 2015 as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“He (Ganduje) was my deputy from 1999 to 2003 and, of course, my SA when I was the Minister of Defence and thereafter in 2007, I lobbied the then President Yar’Adua and, of course, he got a job in the Chad Republic to be the Executive Secretary of Chad Basin,” the governor said.

“He was there when I got a ticket in 2010. I asked him to resign and come back to Nigeria to be my deputy. When I was going, I thought we should have an inclusive government by supporting him to become governor.”

Former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on January 09, 2022.


Fake News

Kwankwaso admitted that the first three years of exiting the Government House were tough because of the actions of his successor, a situation that forced him out of Kano despite being a member of the 9th Senate.

Asked if he plans to dump the PDP, the former governor said he has not discussed the possibility of joining the ruling party as his focus was to work with the PDP to win the 2023 general elections.

“I have never told anybody that I have decided to go to the APC or any other party for that matter,” he said. “I am in PDP and I have seen so many speculations over a long period, especially from my brothers and sisters in the APC that I am planning to move from the PDP to the APC.

“I think it is just fake news, even though it makes me feel very happy. Many people in the APC, those who have worked together with me in that party are sending all these sorts of messages around.

“But I am happy to say that we are working very hard to ensure that we have success in the forthcoming elections.”

Why PDP Should Zone 2023 Presidency To The North – Kwankwaso

Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has explained why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the northern part of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s constitutional two-term tenure will elapse by 2023, and there have been a series of debates as to which zone should produce the next President.

Speaking during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, Kwankwaso said the decision to contest should be based on strategy rather than mere clamour or sentiments.

Former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics on January 9, 2022.


He equally gave an insight as to why the main opposition party should give the northern region the chance to select its flagbearer in next year’s general elections.

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“You see many people are mixing what ordinarily shouldn’t come together at all,” the former governor said. “We have PDP, we have APC, we have APGA and we have many other parties today in this country.

“And the issue of where a party puts its presidency or vice presidency is a matter of strategy. If you look at it from 1999 to date, or even after 2023, we have 16 years for PDP, eight years for APC.”

He explained further, “In the 16 years of PDP, we had a situation where the presidency has been in the South for 14 years and only in the North for two years during the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of blessed memory.

“Now, we see some people – maybe because they don’t understand politics or they want to be mischievous, they keep on mixing the two issues of two political parties together. These PDP and APC are contestants in this game.”

Kwankwaso also faulted the demand of the Southern Governors Forum in July that the next president of the country must come from their region.

According to him, the call by the governors and other leaders is an attempt to intimidate the northern region into relinquishing its right to contest the highest office in the land.

Kano PDP Expels Kwankwaso As Faction Threatens Decisive Action

Former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso


The Aminu Wali faction of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano has expelled ex-governor of the state, Rabiu Kwankwaso from the party for alleged anti-party activities.

PDP’s new Chairman, Muhammina Lamido, announced this during a press conference on Thursday after holding a state congress meeting in Kano.

Speaking on the expulsion from the party, the new leadership of the Wali faction alleged that the former senator engaged in gross violation of the party’s constitution.

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However, in a swift reaction, the Chairman of the Kwankwaso-led faction, Shehu Sagagi, described the congress as a charade conducted in contempt of a subsisting court order.

In an interview with Channels Television, Sagagi explained that his faction is legally recognized by the national body of the party and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He also threatened to take punitive measures against any erring member of the PDP in the state.

Poverty Is Nigeria’s Biggest Challenge – Kwankwaso

Poverty Is Nigeria's Biggest Challenge – Kwankwaso


Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, says poverty remains the biggest challenge Nigeria faces because of the Federal Government’s inability to check leakages.

He said this on Tuesday during a visit to Abia State Governor, Ifeanyi Ikpeazu, at the Government House in Umuahia, the state capital.

Kwankwaso who is a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general elections, added that the opportunity given to the All Progressives Congress (APC) to lead the nation has not been handled properly.

“We were thinking that Peoples Democratic Party is bad but now, we realise it is better than the All Progressive Congress,” he said.

“This is because the opportunity given to them to govern is not being handled well, we worked assiduously in 2014-2015 for APC but now, we are seeing the difference.

“The leaders lack the capacity to do certain things, that is why the country is facing insecurity and unemployment.

“Poverty is the biggest challenge in the country so we must ensure the leadership checks the leakages,” he said.

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Kwankwaso also stated that the issue of restructuring must be tackled in order to ensure justice and equity.

Polls Will Be Won By Votes, Not Campaign Ground Antics – APC

Polls Will Be Won By Votes, Not Campaign Ground Antics – APC


The All Progressives Congress (APC) believes the outcome of the general elections in 2019 will be determined by the votes from the electorate.

The party said this in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, on Wednesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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“In any case, the 2019 elections will not be won by cheap campaign ground antics but actual votes from the Nigerian electorate who are wise and know who is working in their interest,” it said.

“Never again will we return governance of our dear country to the hands of those that selfishly have held us back for years.”

The APC was reacting to allegations that it was responsible for the inability of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential contestant to secure the Eagles Square for his declaration.

Contrary to the claims, it explained that the managers of the Abuja International Conference Centre and Eagles Square had said they would not allow campaigns in the facility on Wednesday, to avoid disruption of workflow at the Federal Secretariat, the main hub of civil servants in Abuja.

“The allegation is unnecessary and misplaced. We should not be dragged into a private transaction involving entities we have no business with,” the ruling party stressed.

The statement comes hours after former Kano State Governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2019 elections on the PDP platform while addressing a crowd of supporters somewhere in Abuja.

The inability of the presidential aspirant to use the Eagle Square for his declaration has sparked criticism in some quarters.

The Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, also condemned the development in a tweet, saying the Eagle Square belongs to all Nigerians.

He said, “The refusal to allow Senator Kwankwaso’s campaign to utilise Eagle Square for his declaration, despite an earlier approval, sends a wrong message about our democracy, particularly the tolerance level in our politics.”

2019 Elections: Ex-Kano Governor Kwankwaso Declares For Presidency


The former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has formally declared his intention to run for the presidency in the 2019 general elections.

Senator Kwankwaso declared his intention to contest for the poll on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while addressing a crowd of supporters on Wednesday in Abuja.

He accused the present administration of not living up to expectations of the people, stressing that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed in its campaign promises.

“Today I declare that I am going to vie for the office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party. I stand on my honour to offer a paradigm shift in leadership,” he said.

“There is no gainsaying that all is not well with the polity. It is also clear that the same mindset that created and escalated the problems cannot be used in resolving the ongoing crisis in our nationhood and national development”, the lawmaker added.

Senator Kwankwaso also called on Nigerians to vote for change which he said the PDP would bring in 2019, noting that his intention was to offer positive changes to the nation.

“To live is to witness changes because change is an inseparable part of living,” he said, adding, “Come May 2019, the narrative of helplessness, buck-passing, division, poverty, insecurity, and hopelessness must change to turn to a new dawn of confidence in building a one well-restructured Nigeria.”

He promised to provide an equal Nigeria where people from different tribes would be seen as one, as well as to increase education among the youths.

The presidential aspirant said, “We will provide a leadership where everybody is free and equal; where Nigerians see themselves as Nigerians first, and as Ibo, Yoruba, Hausa, Ijaw, Ibibio, Fulani, etc second; where citizens are self-assured and self-assertive; where they are confident and competent; where they want to do what is right no matter whose ox is gored.”

“I want to lead a Nigeria where people are educated and exposed beyond the confines of their tribe, religion, linguistic group or place of birth,” he added.

Ganduje Speaks About Rift With Kwankwaso

Ganduje Speaks About Rift With Kwankwaso
Governor Abdullahi-Ganduje


Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, has identified the major cause of the disagreement between him and a former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

The governor revealed this during an interview on the latest episode of Roadmap 2019, a Channels Television programme which airs on Monday.

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“Of course, there is a disagreement,” he acknowledged. “it is an issue of style in governance, I think that is the major issue.”

“you know when somebody is in government, he would expect his predecessor to do exactly as he is doing, but you know even identical twins cannot behave the same way. So, it is a problem between a predecessor and an incoming governor; that kind of problem is always there.”

Governor Ganduje explained further that there is no way such dispute could be avoided, saying it was normal in a democracy.

He, however, noted that the disagreement would be over and that it was being done in a civilised way, although were some verbal accusations between him and the senator.

Before his emergence as governor in 2015, Ganduje was a two-term deputy to former governor Kwankwaso, serving from 1999 to 2003 and 2011 to 2015 respectively.


Secret Behind The Success

He also disclosed his plan to seek re-election in the next governorship poll in the state, although he has yet to officially declare his intention to run for a second term.

The governor explained that one of the reasons for his decision was as a result of the pressure from his supporters that he should run for a second term.

According to him, this is because of the success of his administration and the progress in the state as he has been able to carry the people along.

“I have been saying our government will be a government of continuity. I have taken some projects of the previous administration, I’m completing those projects.

“The hydro-electricity production using our two dams, we are on it and we are about to complete one of them; the longest flyover in Kano which was left about 30 per cent will be completed within this year; even the university building, the permanent site which was left, we are working hard to complete it,” Ganduje said.

He noted that it only requires somebody with the knowledge of what it takes in terms of development and who is willing to complete what has been left behind to succeed as governor of the state.

Allow Kwankwaso Visit Kano, Group Tells Police

The Lagos State Chapter of the Kwankwasiyya Movement has criticised the decision of the Police in Kano State to halt the proposed visit by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to Kano on Tuesday, January 30th.

The group, in a statement signed by its Coordinator, Mr Ladipo Johnson on Sunday said Kwankwaso only wanted to visit his senatorial district including friends and family. He wondered why he should be denied the right to pay such a visit.

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“The reason which was given by the state Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, that Kwankwaso’s visit would cause chaos is spurious and tainted with political colouration.

“We members of the Kwankwasiyya Movement in Lagos State hereby condemn in strong terms the decision of the Kano State Police Command restricting and halting the proposed visit of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to Kano on Tuesday,” the group said.

Mr  Johnson then claimed that if the security of a sitting Senator of Nigeria cannot be guaranteed, “who is then safe in this country.”

“We find it unacceptable the reason which was given by the police leadership in Kano because Senator Kwankwaso is a law-abiding citizen and remains a hero in Kano where he was a governor and left a legacy of service to the people.

“We demand a letter from the Kano Police command clearing Senator Kwankwaso to visit his home state,” he said.

Nothing Can Stop Kwankwaso From Visiting Kano – APC Group

Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwankwasiyya movement, in Kano State has announced that nothing will stop Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso from visiting Kano State.

The Police Commissioner in Kano State, Rabi’u Yusuf, on Friday after a press conference earlier advised former Kano State Governor, Kwankwaso, not to visit the state for a planned political rally asking him to suspend the visit based on the grounds of maintaining ‘peace and security.’

An APC group called Kwankwasiyya movement in response to this told journalists at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Secretariat on Saturday, January 27, that Kwankwaso will visit the state despite the advice by the Police Commissioner. They added that should anything happen to Kwankwaso, the Police Commissioner, Yusuf should be held responsible.

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Addressing a news conference in reaction to the advice by the Police Commissioner in Kano, leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, Rabi’u Bichi claimed that the Nigerian Police in Kano has been compromised.

Kwankwaso is scheduled to visit Kano State on Tuesday, January 30, amidst preparations for the local government elections in the state.

The advice by the Police Commissioner asking him to suspend his visit was said to be based on intelligence reports that some miscreants planned to hijack the rally and use it to unleash mayhem in the society.

Police Advise Kwankwaso To Suspend Visit To Kano

The Police in Kano State has advised Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to suspend his visit to the state.

Kwankwaso, a former governor of the state, who is now the Senator representing Kano central at the Red Chambers was scheduled to visit Kano on Tuesday, January 30.

The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Yusuf gave the warning to Kwankwaso on Friday, January 26, based on the grounds of maintaining ‘peace and security.’

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Kwankwaso and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) under the leadership of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of the state were set to hold parallel political rallies on January 30.

The two separate events are centred on the February 10 local government election in the state and the 2019 general election.

The police said Kwankwaso only sent a letter to the command on January 25 which was dated January 16, 2018.

The command said based on intelligence report, it believed that Kwankwaso’s visit clashes with some other activities of the other faction of the APC and that the rally by the Kwankwaso group could be hijacked by “miscreants”.

He advised Kwankwaso to consider postponing his trip “until the tension generated by the planned visit is doused.”

Senate Withdraws Grazing Bill

Senate Withdraws Grazing BillThe Senate has withdrawn a bill seeking to establish a Grazing Management Agency which would ensure the creation of grazing areas across the country.

The bill which was sponsored by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso was withdrawn along with two other similar bills sponsored by Senators Barnabas Gemade and Chukwuka Utazi.

While Senator Gemade’s bill seeks to establish a National Ranches Commission for Regulation, Preservation and Control of Ranches, Senator Utazi’s bill is seeking to control keeping and movement of cattle in Nigeria.

However, the bills were withdrawn as lawmakers noted that they all had different objectives and could not be merged.

Also, the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, pointed out that the Senate lacks the power to legislate on livestock and grazing matters which the bills are intended to address

“The issues at stake here are neither in the exclusive list nor in the concurrent list. I believe therefore that it is a residual matter. It is for states to decide how to deal with it.

“I believe the matter here concerns everybody, given the level of carnage and the conflicts going on in different states. So, I feel the concern of my colleagues but unfortunately we do not have powers to legislate on matters relating to livestock in this Assembly. It is a matter reserved for the states.

“So, I believe that the bills for Senators Kwankwaso, Gemade and Utazi are beyond the reach of this National Assembly and should be accordingly withdrawn so that the states under the constitution should be able to deal with the matters which the constitution has prescribed for them.

“I will like to see somebody to show me anywhere in the exclusive list or concurrent list that has given us powers to legislate on this matter because they are not in existence,” he said.

Police Suspended APC Political Activities To Be Attended By Osinbajo

Police cancels programme Osinbajo is supposed to attendThe Kano State Police Command has suspended a Kano State empowerment programme and Kwanjwasiyya widow and divorcee mass wedding schedule to hold on August 20.

Police spokesman in Kano, Magaji Majia, told Channels Television that in view of the sour relationship between Kwankwaso-led APC faction and supporters of Governor Ganduje, the two events could not be allowed to hold on the same day and in the same venue almost the same time.

“The two factions are already paying a democratic lip service to each other, therefore the Police Commissioner Rabi’u Yusuf directed that the two events be suspended indefinitely”.

Vice President Yemi Osibajo is scheduled to attend the suspended Kano Government Youth Empowerment Programme while the former Governor Rabi’u Kwankwaso was to attend the Kwanjwasiyya mass wedding.

When contacted, the State Commissioner of Information, Muhammad Garba, said Ganduje administration had no problem with any Union coming to assist the Government but claimed that they were not aware about the Kwanjwasiyya mass wedding programme.

“I’m surprised to hear that the Commissioner of Police has suspended our programme because no one told us that Kwanjwasiyya foundation will be holding a mass wedding at the same day and at the same venue – Sani Abacha Stadium – but since the police have decided to stop us, we have no choice but to obey the law,” he told Channels Television.

However, all attempt to speak with the leadership of the Kwanjwasiyya Foundation on the recent development was not successful but sources close to Kwanjwasiyya told Channels Television that their leadership would release a statement of reaction in due course.

With 2019 around the corner, political situations in the politically advanced Kano State are already becoming more tense.