Kano State Governor, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday night, lambasted his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, describing him as the most selfish person he had ever associated with.
Ganduje made the scathing comment while receiving some Peoples Democratic Party members and Kwankwasiyya Movements members, who defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress in the state.
Ganduje, who spoke at length on his political relationship with Kwankwaso dating back to the military era, claimed that he had been very loyal to the senator.
He recalled how he initiated the Kwankwasiyya Movement to demonstrate his loyalty and dedication to Kwankwaso’s course.
He however said, “It is natural to be a bit selfish but I have never seen anyone as selfish as Kwankwaso. It was such that he imposed his whims and caprices on all and exploited them for his personal benefit as against the collective interest of all.
“All of us, seated here were with him in the past and we made him what he is politically but had to withdraw from his persistent self conceit.
“We have initiated reconciliations in the past but Kwankwaso is not the repentant type, it is either his bid is done or he destroys everything.”
In his opening remark, the Kano APC Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, said Kwankwasiyya was dead in Kano, following the loss of its initiators.
“Your Excellency, it is a known fact that Kwankwasiyya was founded by the two of you seated here before us; you and Rabiu Bichi are the mother and father of Kwankwasiyya. Now that you have both left it, there is nothing left of Kwankwasiyya again,” the chairman declared.
Bichi, in his comment, narrated how rough it had been for them under Kwankwaso, saying that was why they decided to join the APC.
He said, “Following a call by the President to join hands to move the nation forward and the call by the Kano governor to come and help build a greater Kano, it has become pertinent for us to come and contribute our quota towards the development of the state.
“We need a polity where progress and development of the state is ahead of personal whims and desires and so we have to cut that trend of opposition to realign the state along the right track of development, just like it is in Lagos State.”
Prominent among those that defected to the APC were Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Hajiya Binta Spikin; a zonal Woman Leader of the PDP in Kano; Hajiya Aisha Kaita; former member, House of Assembly, Muhammad Taraunu; and a renowned Kwankwasiyya leader, Dr Idris Bala.