By AbdulSalam Muhammad
KANO—Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, weekend threatened to probe his estranged predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso’s tenure.
In a press statement signed by the Commissioner of Information and Culture, Alhaji Muhammad Garba, the governor noted that Kwankwaso’s penchant for peddling unsubstantiated allegations might put him on a collision course with the state government.
“This deliberate distortion of facts and spreading of falsehood is capable of provoking the government to drop its non-confrontational stance and institute commission of inquiry to probe the previous administration, particularly on illegal land deals, education and infrastructure,” he said.
Ganduje’s reaction came against the backdrop of Kwankwasiyya Movement’s ultimatum on him to drop his red cap within 24 hours or face legal hurdles.
The statement read: “The threat of legal action against Governor Ganduje by the movement, if he fails to stop wearing red cap within 48 hours, is the most laughable, pathetic, clear indication of their ignorance of the law and history of political struggle in Kano.”
‘’They should have known that red cap was introduced by Late Aminu Kano and popularized by him, his followers and disciples of which Governor Ganduje was among.
‘’He was also in the forefront of its re-introduction during the second tenure of Kwankwaso in 2011. Who then could better claim the red cap doctrine?
“This unfortunate behavior, lacking in any tint of civility, decency and responsible politicking that has become the hallmark of top echelons of the Kwankwasiyya movement, is to say the least, laughable, pathetic, pitiful and desperate attempt to misguide the public and bring the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his personality to disrepute.
“The statements and allegations as well as threat of legal action against Governor Ganduje if he fails to stop wearing red cap within 48 hours, could easily be disregarded as just another futile ranting of misguided political stooges but for the need to keep the record straight and remind them of simple facts and truths.
“Talking about the allegation of abandoning the 5km roads initiated by the previous administration in all the 44 local governments in the state, it is on record that only three to four roads were completed before Kwankwaso left office, many have not reach any appreciable level while many have not even taken off despite the fact that 30 percent of all the contract sum have been paid to the contractors.
‘’The project lacks proper planning from inception, poor administrative handling, irregular and suspicious financial management. No wonder, therefore, that the project has become subject of investi