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Revisit Kwankwaso, Ganduje Feud, Lukman Urges Tinubu

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A former national vice chairman, North West of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Lukman, has called on President Bola Tinubu and other party leaders to revisit issues surrounding the disagreement between two former governors of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.

Lukman in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday warned that on no account should APC leaders limit the engagement of issues surrounding all the political challenges facing APC as a party to only the issue of bribery allegation against. Ganduje.

He said Tinubu and APC leaders must consider this as an opportunity of renewing the APC in Kano State and by extension North West and the entire North.

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Lukman said, “Being progressives require honesty, which given current political reality we must accept that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and his NNPP has a stronger support base in Kano State. Noting that Senator Kwankwaso was in our party up to 2018 and acknowledging that between 1999 and 2019 both Senator Kwankwaso and Dr. Ganduje worked together, we need to revisit issues surrounding their disagreement.
“If this means another round of negotiation for political alliance or merger with Senator Kwankwaso and NNPP, our leaders should proceed to act accordingly. President Tinubu and the APC must take the full advantage of the current reality to renegotiate the support base of the APC. Renegotiating the support base of the APC should also be about reigniting the progressive credentials of the APC.

“It is very painfully disturbing that unless this kind of opportunity is utilised to the fullest, based on which new actors such as Dr. Kwankwaso with strong commitment to democracy based on principles are recruited into our party, the downward slide and retrogression towards conservatism and lawless management of the APC will continue.

“Without doubt, this situation presents an opportunity for President Asiwaju Tinubu to demonstrate his progressive and political dexterity. It is a low hanging fruit, which, if properly managed, could also save the politics of Dr. Ganduje.

“The hard truth is that, somehow, the politics of Kano State was mismanaged and as it is, if we were unable to win an election in Kano State when we were in control of Kano State Government, it would be foolhardy to imagine otherwise.”

He appealed to President Tinubu to also use this opportunity to correct the political imbalance in the leadership of the country by returning the North Central into the mainstream leadership of the country.

It was quite unfortunate that the imbalance was allowed to happen. Certainly, the objective couldn't have been to marginalise the people of North Central from the political leadership of Nigeria.

I am confident that President Asiwaju Tinubu and APC leaders will do the needful to renew APC and return APC to its founding vision of progressive politics,“ he added.


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