The immediate past governor of Kano State, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje stirred up controversies recently in Abuja, when he not only darts in the direction of his successor but also on the National Leader of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Addressing State House Correspondents shortly after meeting President Bola Tinubu, he made some scathing remarks and allegations against his former boss, Sen. Kwankwaso.
Ganduje who is known for his penchant for lying and mischievoueness could not control his frustration and desperation, retorted that he would have ‘slapped’ Sen. Kwankwaso if their paths had crossed at the villa.
His outburst and frustration is currently trending both in the conventional and social media platforms with people making their individual reactions via comments with growing consensus that Ganduje in his usual manner threw caution to the winds by making such uncomplimentary remarks against his former benefactor.
Ganduje’s raw emotion was brought home to Kanawas and by extension, all Nigerians on major national television networks to the consternation of right thinking Nigerians.
Simply put, the action of the former governor can be akin to that of a common tout and choice of words too unbecoming of a national leader and statesman.
Away from his language and conduct, the former governor in the course of his faceoff with the media was very uneconomical with the truth while trying to hide his frustrations and his inability to comprehend a new life outside power.
Those conversant with happenings and trends in Kano are already expressing their shock and indignation regarding how a former governor would willfully twist events since the coming on board of Governor Abba Yusuf to twist issues to suit his narrative.
What the former governor seeks to achieve with the visit and subsequent media faceoff is the whip up emotion and sentiment in manner that would eventually derail the new Government from rewriting the numerous wrongs of his administration..
Setting the records straight, Governor Abba Yusuf and Sen. Kwankwaso have ‘offended’ Ganduje because the governor is trying to restore the original Master Plan of Kano Municipality which the immediate past regime distorted.
This has however recipitated a feeling of sense of loss and frustration for the Ganduje camp and those who benefitted from the illegal acquisitions but are now reeling in fear over the resolve of Governor Abba Yusuf to do the right not minding whoever is affected.
It is must be said that Governor Yusuf met a very messy situation with respect to urban regional planning on ground when he assumed office in May.
The situation was very messy and dirty as the last administration set about converting public property to personal and private use.
Nothing was spared in the looting spree carried out by officials of past government.
It is on record that they converted public places such the schools premises, Eid praying grounds, Hajj Camp, public cemetery etc to private use.
Members of the past government including Ganduje himself, his immediate family members and cronies stole the state blind.
In their looting spree they didn’t spare places like the Hajj Camp as well as the popular former Duala Hotel.
These and other loots are what the governor is trying to recover from them hence the understanding of their collective hysteria.
Notwithstanding their grandstanding and the unbridled ability to deploy falsehood and propaganda, the governor will remain undeterred and resolute.
May be Ganduje in the end will not need to slap Sen. Kwankwaso alone,, he will have to slap Governor Yusuf and the entire Kanawas in the process of venting his frustrations.