Ganduje blows hot as one dies, scores injured at APC inauguration
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje yesterday warned stalwarts of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against instigating violence with thugs brandishing dangerous weapons during political gathering.
Ganduje issued the warning at Bichi Council while inaugurating the party’s leadership at wards and local government levels for Kano North senatorial district.
The Governor’s warning is sequel to the crisis that erupted at a similar inauguration of party leadership for Kano South, held at Rano township at the weekend, where one person was confirmed died and several escape with varying degrees of matchete cuts.
Although, unconfirmed sources claimed four APC members were axed to death and scores carried marks of injuries from dangerous weapons, the Police spokesman, SP Abdullahi Umar Kiyawa, told The Guardian that only one person identified as Hamisu Sani, was killed during the event.
According to the police spokesman, “Police received report of crisis at a political gathering and on arrival at the scene at Rano, two persons with injuries were evacuated and took to hospital while one person, Hamisu Sani, 30, was confirmed dead. Investigation has commenced to unravel the cause of the incident.”
Pandimonium ensued when supporters of Ganduje’s Commissioner for Local Government, Murtala Sule Garo and those of former speaker, Kano State, Kabiru Rurum, unleashed terror against one another, The Guardian gathered.
The deadly brawl, which signal the return of political thuggery to Kano politics, was not unconnected to the battle over who succeed Ganduje by 2023. The two power political figures and strong allies of Ganduje have joined the race for Kano gubernatorial seat.
Addressing party stalwarts at Bichi, Ganduje declared that APC leadership in the state would no longer tolerate political thuggery where supporter brandish weapons around political gathering.
The governor stated that candidates seeking elective position do not require weapons against opposition or contenders to win election just as he sued for peace in the party.
“Let me inform you that our party will no longer tolerate people moving with cutlers and other weapons at political gathering. We would not condole any one brandishing weapons here because we are law abiding and we don’t need these weapons to win election.
“All we need you do is to come out in large numbers to register with INEC and get your voters card and then vote for your choice candidates. We have to prove that APC will always win election in Kano without weapons,” Ganduje cautioned.