*They’re scared of their shadows—Kwankwasiyya
Kano State government yesterday claimed it had uncovered plans by the former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to disrupt next Saturday’s state House of Assembly by-election in Minjibir.
However, in a swift reaction, Kwankwaso described the allegation as “cheap blackmail.”
Government spokesman, and Commissioner for Information, Youth, Sports and Culture, Malam Muhammad Garba, in a statement in Kano, alleged that the sitting senator and his supporters planned to unleash mayhem during the rescheduled election.
Minjibir by-election was rescheduled for next Saturday, following a botched attempt to hold same last April due to break down of law and order midway in the exercise.
According to the statement, “information at our disposal suggested that Kwankwaso has hired thugs from neighbouring Niger Republic, Katsina and Jigawa states to unleash mayhem on electorate, with the aim of scuttling the entire process for his selfish reasons.
“We want to state that as a responsible government, we will not sit down and fold our hands for some disgruntled elements to cause chaos in the state. We have informed the security agencies of this nefarious plan, and we will support them to protect lives and properties of law-abiding citizens.”
The Commissioner enjoined citizens of the state, especially the people of Minjibir Local Government to be law-abiding, urging them to go out and exercise their franchise without any fear of molestation and assured them of their safety.
Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, Senator Kwankwaso, who spoke through the Kwankwasiyya Foundation, insisted that the allegation was false, unfounded and cheaply designed to malign him.
Spokesperson of the Foundation, Aminu Abdulsalam, wondered why the present state government was obsessed with maligning a serving senator for political gain.
Abdulsalam said: “If they have a nightmare, it is Kwankwaso; if they anticipate failure, it is Kwankwaso, and you continue to wonder why they are so scared of their shadows.”
He advised the government to concentrate on governance and stop chasing shadows.