Desmond Mgboh, Kano
Comrade Aminu Abdulsalam Gwarzo, the Coordinator of Kwankwasiyya Motion in Kano is of course a quiet politician, who acts greater than he speaks. Huge in expertise, competent in political mobilization, the previous Commissioner of State Affairs in Kano State has remained a potent pressure regardless of his travails as main opposition factor within the final three and half years.
He’s the deputy governorship candidate of the Kano State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP). On this interview, he provides perception to the motion’s dispute with Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the intrigues of their return to the to the PDP from APC, the energy play that noticed the exit of Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau from the PDP, the alleged partisanship of the Kano State Commissioner of Police and a number of other different points.
How does it really feel like crossing over from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP)?
I really feel nice. It looks like a house coming. In case you keep in mind, we have been as soon as within the PDP, we have been the founding members of the PDP in Kano State and on the nationwide degree. I used to be an area authorities chairman beneath the flag of the PDP for 3 years.
I additionally served as a nationwide commissioner of the Nationwide Meeting Service Fee for 5 years, all beneath PDP. However someplace alongside the road, issues turned so dangerous for our group inside the PDP, particularly for our chief, Engineer Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso.
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So many forces have been towards him within the social gathering in the course of the Goodluck Jonathan administration they usually have been hell bent on blocking him by all means. All entreaties to get issues sorted out fell on deaf ears.
It was like some individuals someplace had made up their minds to spoil his political profession. God in his infinite knowledge and mercy created him and made him nice. After collection of efforts to get issues sorted, we determined to shift our base to the brand new All Progressives Congress. That was an excellent alternative. In fact, we have been among the many founding blocks of the brand new get together. Everyone was virtually coming afresh.
Sadly and to our dismay, some individuals inside this similar new get together have taken it upon themselves to own the get together. They have been taking a look at others as new comers. So in case you are not from the legacy events that shaped the social gathering, then you’re nothing. That, I feel, was what created the disaster within the APC up until immediately.
Some individuals have been seeing themselves as the unique house owners of the APC and anyone coming or becoming a member of the celebration just isn’t among the many A category of the celebration. In the event that they like, they put you in B class, or C class and even the bottom class. And no matter they’re going to do, consideration is given to solely those that fall inside the legacy group. That was harmful for the social gathering and it was additionally very harmful for democratic improvement in Nigeria.
At what level did the Kwankwasiyya group fall out with Governor Ganduje of Kano State? From what we all know, you have been purported to all belong to the Kwankwassiyya group?
I feel we began to fall out with Ganduje, proper from the onset. Instantly he was sworn in, he got down to dismantle and discredit the Kwankwasso administration and Kwankwaso’s character. It began like a slip, like a misunderstanding of what was truly on the bottom.
It began like a bit confusion that may simply give approach; the type that might make you proceed to offer them that advantage of doubt that it will give approach. However when it obtained to a sure stage, you started to recall and perceive why on the day he was sworn-in one factor or the opposite was finished.
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Then we began recalling particular issues and when the entire image was put collectively, it turned clear that Ganduje had a plan in his thoughts all alongside. All alongside he had been nursing the ambition to deal with and destroy Kwankwaso’s political historical past, his political and administrative achievements and his developmental strides within the state.
When you take a look at the best way Ganduje went about it, he recognized the main areas the place we have been credited with success and the entire nation was applauding us, not solely Kano individuals. Kwankwaso recognized instructional sector and he got down to destroy the complete legacy that Kwankwaso had achieved within the instructional sector. For instance, Kwankwaso launched free schooling in any respect ranges.
Now, even earlier than the introduction, a lot was finished within the instructional sector, ranging from feeding within the main faculties which he began throughout his first tenure as governor of the state. It was an enormous success.
A really large success was recorded then to the extent that the previous President of the nation, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, was interested in the achievements recorded by way of the feeding of main faculty pupils.
This was achieved after a cautious evaluation of the very horrible situation of our rural populace. After that, mother and father have been inspired to ship their youngsters to high school and our enrollment tripled inside a short while whereas attendance improved tremendously and our efficiency in any respect examinations improved past anyone’s creativeness.
Kwankwaso was paying the WAEC and NECO charges, offering the educating and studying supplies, new lecture rooms have been constructed, a lot was accomplished within the space of schooling. Ganduje‘s quick coverage step on assumption was to cease all these.
The governor stopped shopping for supplies for educating and studying, textbooks, chalk and the remainder of them, he jettisoned free schooling in any respect ranges. Should you say you’re going by way of financial difficulties, it’s comprehensible. But when free schooling was 100 per cent, why don’t you make it 70 or 80 per cent? No matter per cent relying on the assets out there after which see how greatest you go about it.
Schooling was our precedence and it has now taken the again seat. In case you take a look at infrastructural improvement, when you take a look at the road mild, which contributed rather a lot in enhancing the safety of the state (mild isn’t just for magnificence, it’s for safety. Take the difficulty of loans, Kwankwaso was the one governor who spent 4 years in workplace with out borrowing one Kobo from anyone.
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However the Kano State authorities has accused Senator Kwankwaso of abandoning an enormous legal responsibility in extra of N300 billion?
And when you keep in mind, I got here out and informed them that it was a lie. I used to be a Commissioner of Challenge Monitoring in Kano State and as at time we left authorities, what we have been proudly owning contractors was barely N21 billion. And I ask anyone who has any determine aside from that, to return ahead and inform us how we happened it. I would like you to see it this manner.
If I offer you a contract to construct this home for N10 million. You will erect a fence and provides me a duplex of 4 bedrooms upstairs, two downstairs and perhaps boys’ quarters and perhaps one or two further buildings.
I gave you the contract at N100 million for example and also you collected 30 per cent of that quantity. You now erected a fence and you haven’t even began the primary undertaking. Then I left authorities. And anyone would now come and inform the general public that I’m indebted to contractors to the tune of N100 million. That’s the Kano image.
In truth in some situations, it’s the contractors which might be owing the federal government since you collected 20 per cent and the work you probably did is under 30 per cent, nearly 20 per cent. And anyone would come and put the whole determine and say that the contractors are owed the whole determine. How did the previous authorities owe that determine? So it’s a rigorously calculated mischief. And we have been capable of debunk it as a result of we now have our details and we’ve got our figures.
Your return to the PDP has been met with opposition. Let’s speak concerning the issues with the facility distribution and the resistance from these you individuals met within the PDP.
We got here into the PDP and met some individuals there. Fortuitously and sadly there have been some individuals we left once we have been shifting out after which some individuals moved out from their get together and got here again to the PDP.
We’ve two teams with the PDP now and we got here again and met them. Now, as politicians and patriotic residents, once we got here again to the PDP, our chief felt that you simply can’t have a celebration if there have been no one there and he initiated a go to to their leaders.
He visited Shekarau, he visited Ambassador Aminu Wali. These have been the 2 leaders he visited. They met and stated we’re again house and what we’d like is knowing amongst ourselves. Allow us to attempt to see that we perceive ourselves, allow us to see how we might be a part of arms to see that PDP varieties the subsequent authorities within the state.
Already, that they had buildings on floor for campaigns and for political workplaces. Elections have been approaching and as at the moment that they had as a lot as 11 governorship aspirants. We have been coming as a gaggle, a really formidable group, a gaggle that enjoys a formidable followership within the state. I don’t assume there’s anybody single group that may march Kwankwasiyya group in Kano.
The go to was meant to guarantee them that we have been coming they usually knew that we’re stronger than them, stronger than their buildings put collectively. Then, the difficulty isn’t just a Kano affair. We got here again to the PDP by way of the Reformed APC (RAPC), which had conferences with the nationwide management of the PDP.
We reached settlement nationally. They agreed that in some instances, they might give 60 per cent to the incoming individuals and in some areas is 20 per cent relying in your power. In some, like in our personal case, we got 51 per cent they usually got 49. In some states, it was 60/40 per cent. In Kano nevertheless, they tried to withstand the sharing formulation.
They stated that they might not agree. And paradoxically, when Ibrahim Shekarau left the APC and moved to the PDP years in the past, he moved to the PDP with solely two state Home of Meeting members and himself and he was given 50 % of the full positions out there within the social gathering. He was given half of the social gathering’s construction and a ministerial slot.
Right here we have been, Kwankwaso was coming again with a senatorial place and 9 nationwide meeting members, with six state meeting members and he was given 51 % and the identical Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau is saying why ought to he be so handled, saying that they weren’t going to concede even an ex-officio place to anyone and that seems like the person was actually out for a showdown. It feels like the person was not involved concerning the destiny of the social gathering.
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Right here you’re, you don’t have even a councillor. When election was to be held in Minjibir, we, with out even signing an settlement, needed to help PDP then due to our drawback with the state authorities; they refused it flatly, to the extent that they withdrew their candidate as an alternative of becoming a member of palms to permit them to have only one state meeting member for the primary time.
They determined to compromise the curiosity of their very own get together and the curiosity of the get together members for a peanut and when it was time for the native authorities election, they withdrew all their members and determined to not take part. Then, Ganduje was working because the chief of the 2 events. He had the APC in agency management and he had a very good affect over the PDP.
By your claims, it’s like Shekarau has had an extended relationship with the APC?
Lengthy …way back. It isn’t a hidden secret. That they had been working collectively with the governor of the state. They solely do what he needed them to do. Even their candidates, some have been being sponsored from the opposite get together.
They’ve already compromised their place. That was the state of affairs. So once we got here in, we met and stated that we have now a doc, a template that was given to us by the nationwide management as par an settlement reached with the PDP nationwide management via RAPC.
That is the portion that considerations Kano, that is what it stated, however allow us to sit down, we’re all brothers. That is what the template is saying however what would you like us to do? Allow us to do our personal regionally. They stated that they don’t have the doc. Then, he stated okay, we don’t have any foundation for dialogue. I’ve it, you don’t have it. And also you don’t consider that this doc is genuine.
Go to the nationwide management, allow them to offer you your personal. We have been invited to a gathering, I used to be a part of the assembly and the nationwide management defined to them in totality what transpired, the way it all started, the method that was adopted and the way they arrived at 51 and 49 %.
They usually informed them that this was genuine, that it was a committee (reconciliation and harmonization committee) underneath the chairmanship of former Governor Liyel Imoke with members like the previous Governor of Niger State, Dr, Babangida Aliyu (the chief servant, former Senate Chief Abdul Ningi, former get together chairman, Bernabas Gemade and former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi. These have been the members they usually defined every little thing to them.