By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA—THE Presidency, yesterday, told Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s political group not to associate President Muhammadu Buhari with the internal crisis of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kano State.
It said the President was not in any way involved in the removal of the former state chairman of the party, Umar Haruna Doguwa.
The Presidency’s reaction came on the heels of allegations by Senator Kwankwaso’s political support group, known as Concerned Members of APC in Kano State, that had accused President Buhari, at a press briefing, of being behind the sack of the APC’s chapter chairman.
The Presidency in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu in Abuja, said: “Let me assure all our Party members and the general public alike that at no time did the President involve himself in the internal conflict of any APC chapter in the country, and would never do so.
“President Buhari would not risk his integrity to support one side against the other in the affairs of the APC or any other political party anywhere in the country.
“Anybody who knows the President’s principles would not believe any allegations linking Buhari to interference in the election or removal of party leaders across the country.
“In fact, it is an irony that President Buhari, who was accused in the past of not taking control of the National Assembly by imposing the president of the Senate and speaker, two critical institutions in the running of our democracy will now be accused of abandoning those principles to order the removal of the chairman of the Kano APC party chapter.”
‘’I am 100 percent convinced that this group, which is being associated with the respected senator representing Kano, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, did not seek his permission or clear their script with him before they dragged the name of the President into this matter. Governor Kwankwaso knows President Buhari too well to reduce him to this level.
“This group is, hereby, advised to stop belittling the person and office of the President by dragging his name into their local party quarrels. It is unfair to attack President Buhari over an issue he knew nothing about.”