- Aminu Fagge, a chieftain of APC in Kano state, has said that Senator Kwakwanso's defection would have no impact on the party's victory in 2019
- Kwakanso is one of the 15 senators who defected to PDP and ADC on Tuesday, July 24
- Fagge, however, noted that many cabinet members of Governor Ganduje were not loyal to him
A chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano state, Aminu Fagge, has said that defection of a former governor of the state, Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso, would not pose any threat to the re-election of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje during 2019 general elections.
In an interview with Leadership, Fagge, said that Kwakwanso and other members of R-APC who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were political comedians.
NAIJ.com gathered that he said the leader of R-APC, Buba Galadima's closeness to President Muhammadu Buhari brought him to political relevance, challenging him to contest for Senate in 2019 if he thinks he is popular in Yobe state.
He said: "Buba Galadima as a person has never contested and won an election in his home state of Yobe. His closeness to President Buhari was his political strength and it contributes to his profile as a politician. If Buba thinks he is politically relevant, I challenge him to return to Yobe and contest for the Senate. If he dares, I bet you Buba will suffer political disgrace.
"Kwankwaso is a prospective award winner as a political comedian among all, this is a man who is the senator representing Kano central in the senate, please I appeal to you journalists to go round the local governments that constitute Kano central senatorial zone, I assure you that you will not find a single constituency project worth N2 million that was initiated and executed by Kwankwaso.
"Is this the kind of man that will change the political calculations or the future of APC in Kano, in 2019? Baraje has no political stronghold, if not for nPDP that catapulted him into relevance at that time.
"And take note, these people do not have the war chest to confront our party APC at the 2019 elections,. They are only seeking reform for themselves, because they are in dire need of self political reform and not the APC.
"Some are out of the APC already, others are on their way to defecting. Our leaders should not appeal to anybody, for those who have packed their bags and baggage and left, good luck, after all soldier go, soldier come, political parties are life and death. Some people were delivered into the world today and some others must have also passed away today, that is how it works."
Fagge commended President Buhari for his courage in tackling rampant cases of bombing in some states across the country.
"I salute the courage of Buhari, for confronting the rampant cases of bombing that existed before his arrival as the president of the federal republic of Nigeria, although there are still pockets of explosions.
"President Buhari has been able to direct the mindset of our youth towards farming, many have now come to realise that farming can serve as a source of livelihood. Before now, majority did not comprehend that one could earn a living as a farmer.
"Buhari has staged an organised legal war against corruption. Before the emergence of President Buhari, we had a set of unpatriotic people, who specialised in looting our national treasury, they were so blind that they looted the national treasury without thinking about the future of this great country.
"Now, to be honest, people are being arrested for looting the coffers of the country, but they are not properly prosecuted. The problem with the war against corruption is the lack of diligent prosecution. In all fairness, Buhari has succeeded in bringing the matter to the front burner, but still people should be punished and not only punishing those who do not have a godfather. This is my candid opinion", he said.
He, however, lamented that some members of Governor Ganduje's cabinet were not loyal to him, urging that the governor should act fast before it gets too late.
"And let me quickly state that a large chunk of members of the state cabinet are not loyal to Governor Ganduje and his Excellency is not acting fast about this important matter party matter, and time is not on our side. These disloyal elements are not working for the government , all their actions are anti-Ganduje.
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"The governor is tolerating these set of political sycophants, who are not helping Ganduje and our great party APC to achieve its aims in Kano, you can point at a few like PPS to the Governor, Alhaji Kankarofi, commissioner for information, Muhammad Garba and his agriculture counterpart are some of the few you can proudly say are those committed and working hard to help Ganduje and our party to deliver our electioneering promises. I cannot guess what our Governor thinks about 2019.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje described the removal of Abdullahi Ata as the speaker of the Kano state House of Assembly as a necessary and smooth change that would strengthen the internal politics of the state.
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