The political cease fire reportedly reached between ex-Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and his successor, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje seems to have elapsed with a Special Adviser to the former, Alhaji Sharu Garba Gwammaja, saying the greatest mistake his boss ever made was handing over to his former deputy as governor of Kano State.
Kwankwaso and Ganduje were examples of a political match made in heaven until recently when their once envious relationship turned sour, leading to the dumping of the “red cap”, the political symbol of the Kwankwasiyya movement.
Gwammaja, who has been leading the attack from the Kwankwaso camp, however, said it will amount to political suicide for Governor Ganduje to discard use of the red cap in protest against the political principles of the ex-governor.
The red cap was made popular by Kwankwaso during his second tenure as governor of Kano State and has come to be accepted as a sign of loyalty and acceptance of the political ideologies espoused by the former governor, now senator.
However, following the political disagreement between Kwankwaso and Ganduje, members of the State Executive Council, majority of the House of Assembly members and chairmen of the 44 local government areas in the state among others, recently dumped the red cap in solidarity with the incumbent governor.
But in reaction to Gwammaja’s statement that the dumping of the red cap was political suicide, the Kano State Commissioner of Information, Malam Garba Muhammad, said if the aide of the ex-governor knew the history of red cap, he would not have reacted the way he did.
“It is still a minus on your side even if it is only one person that removed his red cap in the state, in protest against the ideology. With the recent development, at least, people have choice to either wear red cap or not”, Muhammad said
Gwammaja, who spoke yesterday while addressing a press conference to mark the 5th anniversary of red cap revolution in Kano, pledged to buy Gov. Ganduje’s red cap at N1m if he voluntarily decided to discard it.
He said: “If Ganduje can remove his red cap today, I will buy it N1m. The greatest mistake Kwankwaso made in his life was bringing Ganduje to power. The actions of the present government of Kano State have contradicted the ideology of Kwankwasiyya, and we will continue to kick against anything that is contrary to our ideology”.
Gwammaja also accused Ganduje of rewarding some lawmakers in the state with cars worth N686m, for discarding their red caps.
He claimed that from the day the lawmakers stopped using the red cap, over one million people have started wearing same to show their support for Kwankwaso.
He alleged that all those that stopped wearing red cap in Kano could not go to their constituencies and interact with their people freely like they used to.
“The red cap anniversary is being celebrated worldwide”, he said. “Our members are celebrating it in Ghana, Saudi Arabia, Canada and Malabo, among other countries”.
The aide also said the current political crisis between the ex-governor and Ganduje will not end until the latter embraced the political beliefs of Kwankwaso, who was his (incumbent governor’s) former boss.
Gwammaja pointed out that Kwankwasiyya was about transparency, accountability, justice, commitment to service to humanity, rendering selfless services, truthfulness and honesty.
On the issue of the alleged N686m cars gift to the lawmakers, the commissioner said: “This issue was purely an Assembly matter. There is a pending case between Gwammaja and state lawmakers, therefore, I will not comment on this”.
Muhammad also said that the governor had respect for Kwankwaso and would continue to respect him.
Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.
This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.
Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.
According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.
Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.
Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.
Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.
The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.
Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.
“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.
“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.
Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku
Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.
Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.
He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.
Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.
Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.
“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”
“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.
He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”
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