…insist on constituency visit despite Police warning
By AbdulSalam Muhammad
Uneasycalm pervades the ancient city of Kano, following the tension generated by the planned constituency visit by the former state governor, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, against the advice of the police.
The planned visit had raised security concerns over possible clash with supporters of the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the mainstream All Progressive Congress, APC, on a day the warring factions are due to stage separate political rallies. The state police commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, Friday told reporters in Kano that “although Mr Kwankwaso has the right to visit the state, credible information at the disposal of the Command” revealed that there are security concerns.
Mr. Yusuf said “there is apprehension amongst the general populace and tendency to hijack the visit by some disgruntled politicians or miscreants can’t be wished away”, advising the senator to shelve the visit.
In a swift reaction, Kwankwaso’s spokesperson, Hajiya Binta Rabiu Spikin, rejected the security advise, as she insisted that Kwankwaso’s January 30th date with his constituency was a done deal.
Spikin, who assured that the visit would be peaceful, disclosed that Kwankwaso would stormed the city with “seven drones, three international media outfit, and host of local and international friends and Associates”
In a related development, the chairman, Reception Committee, Kwankwaso Constituency visit, Rabiu Suleiman Bichi, has warned that they would hold the Kano Police Commissioner responsible in event of any ugly situation.
Bichi told Reporters Saturday that “it is instructive to say that should anything happen to Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso or any of his supporters during the visit, the Commissioner of police, should be held responsible for dereliction of his responsibility”
Kwankwaso’s insistence on the visit is coming on the heels of a week long political activities by the mainstream APC in the state. During the kick off, Kano, Senator Bashir Garba Lado, (PDP), Kwankwaso’s arch rival in the 2015 general election formally decamped from PDP to APC.