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My reconciliation with Kwankwaso underway, says Ganduje


Gov. Ganduje

Gov. Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has raised the hope that the rift between him and his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso would soon be resolved, describing it as a “minor in-house quarrel.”

“The situation is under control. It is an in-house problem, which is under control, we are talking about it,” Ganduje said, after his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja yesterday.

The relationship between Ganduje and Kwankwaso, under whom Ganduje had served for two terms as a deputy governor, has been anything but cordial, culminating in the impeachment of the Chief Whip of Kano State House of Assembly, Zubairu Mamuda Madobi on Thursday, for daring to refuse to follow his colleagues to pass a vote of confidence on Ganduje as the leader of the ruling
All Progressives Congress, (APC) in the state.

Madobi, along with a few of his colleagues in the House, had decided to pitch his tent with Kwankwaso, the immediate past governor of the state, as the leader of the party in the state.

The governor played down the effect of the row between him and Kwankwaso on the fortune of the APC in the state, even though he admitted that reconciliation efforts were ongoing between them, assuring that the party will continue to hold the grip of the political lever in the state. “Yes, reconciliation is ongoing and it will work. We have been together for long. We are politically brothers and friends. Therefore, we will make sure that we do not allow things to continue to fall apart. We shall put heads together to make sure that there is peace and stabilise in the state,” the governor said.

Asked if he would continue to wear the famous Kwankwasiya red cap, for which the group, while it was intact was known for, he showed his head to the reporters and asked, “What are you seeing on my head now?”

While giving an assurance of the impending reconciliation between the two of them, Ganduje, however, gave a hint of possible alteration of some of the policies, which he also took part in as the deputy under Kwankwaso, such as the overseas scholarship programme of the state government.

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