Kwankwaso’s Planned Visit To Kano Raises Fears Among Residents

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Kwankwaso (left) with Ganduje when the going was smooth.

By JABIRU A HASSAN, Kano

Following a move by the former Governor of Kano State and a serving Senator, Dr. Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso to visit the state and stage a rally is now the subject of discussion all over the  the state, where many residents are scared that the visit may cause a serious clash between the Kwankwasiyya loyalists and  Gandujiyya followers of the incumbent governor.

Our correspondent who had a series of vox-pop with some of the residents in the state capital and some local government areas where the former governor is scheduled to drive by road from Kaduna, stated that the coming of Kwankwaso to Kano State at this time is a questionable issue because there might be a serious clash between Kwankwasiyya people and that of Gandujiyya which is not good for the state especially  now when it is not a time for campaigns, though the local government elections are drawing nearer.

Malam Musa Umar of Chiromawa  said that although Kwankwaso has the right to come to Kano, it would be better for him to cancel the said tour for the peace to reign in the state because he knows clearly that whenever he visits the state especially in public, there would be claseh between his followers and that of the Gandujiyya.

Similarly,  Sani Garba a Kwankwasiyya loyalist  told New Nigerian that Kwankwaso’s planned visit to Kano  may turn to a clash between Gandujiyya and Kwankwasiyya citing an example of what happened last year during the traditional Durbar known as Hawan Daushe at Kano Emir’s palace, where several people were hurt and hospitalized, which is another evidence that if Kwankwaso arrives the city, the clash may also start because every side has strong followers.

A female politician, Hajiya Zainab Sulaiman said that if the former Governor still needs to visit Kano, the security operatives should be well mobilised so that peace reigns.

“They should give out some conditions to both sides in order to ensure the hitch free visit because without such tight conditions, Kano may witness a very bad political clash between the loyalists to the former Governor and that of the incumbent which is a great setback to Kano politics at this very time,” she said.

But some close aides of the former governor who pleaded anonymity said that the government of Kano is just afraid that if Kwankwaso comes, all their plans would be dissolved due to the high political charisma of  the Senator though he is  not in power, while the Governor  Ganduje’s loyaliats lamented that Kwankwaso cannot make any impact  because according to them, even the former governor knows well that Ganduje is ahead of him politically.

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