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February 24, 2015

Lamido betrayed G-5 govs —Kwankwaso

Lamido betrayed G-5 govs —Kwankwaso

By Abdulsalam Muhammad

KANO — Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has accused his Jigawa State counterpart, Mallam Sule Lamido, of betraying the group of five Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s governors who left the party following their disagreement with party leaders.

*Kwankwaso

*Kwankwaso

In an interview with newsmen, weekend, in Kano, Kwankwaso also faulted insinuations that the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (ret) was not healthy enough to stand the rigours of governing Nigeria.

According to him, “the exit of G5 Governors from PDP has demystified the ruling party, adding, however,that PDP was no longer the monster it used to be.

He said: “Everyone knows that Governor Lamido was part of us, he was the leader of the group. He took us to a certain height before choosing otherwise and we were all surprised by his final decision.

“But, if there is anybody who would criticise our exit, it shouldn’t be Lamido and the Niger State governor. After all, our our judgment would decide the outcome of the general election.

“However, we know that PDP is no longer the monster it used to be, and I tell you they are ready to do anything to have someone like me who was considered as an irritant back in their fold.”

 

Buhari fit as fiddle —Kwankwaso

 

On the health status of General Buhari, Kwankwaso said he could vow that the former military ruler was as fit as a fiddle.

He argued that the “controversy was being mischievously unleashed on the polity by the ruling PDP to score cheap political points.”

Although Kwankwaso admitted that he was not a medical doctor, he said his judgment was based on his practical experience with the retired General over the past couple of months.

Said he: “You know that I’m not a medical doctor but a civil engineer, therefore I would speak as a layman. I don’t think these guys got it right on General Buhari because between December 10 to date he engaged in rigorous campaigns and rallies, crossing over two states per day and I’m convinced a sick man could not have successfully done that.

“My judgment was on what I have seen practically, his performance and strength is awesome and he appears ready to do the job of number one citizen.”

On Obasanjo’s exit from PDP

Kwankwaso also described the exit of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo from PDP as a huge blow to the party, adding that the party leadership mismanaged its fortune.

He argued that “Obasanjo is a father figure to so many gladiators of this republic and for him to have publicly disowned the party underscores the in justices we had for long cried about.”

On the forthcoming general elections, Kwankwaso appealed to the stakeholders to play by the rule of the game, noting that violence would do no one any good.