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Kwankwaso lists reasons APC won Presidential, National Assembly polls

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KWANKWASO-OKTHRILLED by the outcome of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, Kano State Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso said that the votes of the almajiris of the Northern part of the country dominated the electorate that cast votes in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), maintaining they showed inclination for positive change in the governance of the country.

He added that since democracy is a game of numbers, the large population of almajiris in the North placed the region at an advantaged position when it comes to voting with the purpose of changing the face of governance.

Kwankwaso made this known at his office in Kano, Sunday. Blaming the first lady Mrs. Dame Patience, he said she was not helping matters when she started ‘condemning the North for being a region of beggars.’

“We persuaded by our campaigns and got our almajiri votes and hit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) hard with them. All these almijiris Dame Patience Jonathan is supposed to see as her children, due to her position as the First Lady of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But if you chose to abuse such people, that shows a lack of political exposure,” he maintained.

On the issues that caused President Jonathan his re-election, Kwankwaso opines that the advisers he has around him misled the president. “His advisers and people were hell-bent on misleading him. I think Mr. President is a good man. We have been telling him what was the right thing to do, but he refused to listen. I am sure he has now realised that we were his friends not enemies,” Kwankwaso revealed.

He assured that the incoming National Assembly would be more qualitative than the present legislature. “There will be a huge improvement at the National Assembly looking at the quality of people voted in as members,” he stated.

The Kano State chief executive called on the First Lady, Femi Fani-Kayode and the governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose to learn from the mistakes they made during the presidential campaign. “What they did though was negative it however, came out positive for us. Instead of addressing issues they ended up abusing all northerners, and that gave us an edge over them,” the governor stressed.

On the role played by the security agents during the poll, Kwankwaso expressed appreciation to all the security agencies that participated at the poll. He urged them to sustain the tempo and the good work during the coming gubernatorial election.


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