The concerned citizens of Kano State wishes to draw the attention of Your Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari about the precarious situation the 2019 gubernatorial elections had put the people of Kano State.
It is clear to all and sundry that the 2019 governorship elections in Kano were never about APC and PDP, but about corrupt government and its people verdict, since no one want to punish Ganduje.
The people of Kano, clearly doesn’t want Ganduje to continue and they have spoken through the ballot, but some mischievous elements under the leadership of APC and some of its governors are hell-bent on imposing Ganduje at all cost.
The people of Kano are always ready to change any elected official they no longer want; it is part of their history and culture since the days of Malam Aminu Kano. The most popular governors ever in their history, Abubakar Rimi and Rabiu Kwankwaso, were booted out of office in their first tenures in 1983 and 2003 respectively and no attempt was made to subvert the voice of the people.
It is apparent now that the ruling APC, according to rumors, are hell-bent in suppressing the will of Kanawa through the introduction of the inconclusive elections and employing the might and resources of the Federal Government to influence the outcome of the re-run across some areas in the 21 local governments slated, just as it had happened last year in Osun State where the PDP was leading before being defeated in the re-run. We want all APC members, especially those in power to cast their minds back to 2015.
How would they feel had Orubebe was successful in disrupting the collation of result or Jonathan refused to recognize the people’s verdict?
Mr. President, since 2003 when you first forayed into politics and contested for the presidency, Kano Voters had consistently came out en masse and gave you the biggest chunk of their votes ahead of even your native Katsina.
In 2003 at the risk of incurring the federal wrath and also losing its favor, we voted you and booted Kwankwaso out as a governor of the state under PDP, the then ruling party. In 2007, 2011 and 2015 elections we were the biggest contributors in voting you.
Your critics, throughout this tenure, tried in vain to instigate Kano citizens not to vote for you sighting marginalization of the state at the expense of south western states in developmental project. The call fell on deaf ears as once again Kanawa didn’t fail in coming out en masse and overwhelmingly voted for you in the 2019 Presidential elections.
The root of the quagmire Kano people are facing today could be attributed to your nonchalant attitude to the flagrant abuse of trust and wanton corruption displayed by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje over the dollar video scandal.
Well-meaning Kanawa that understood the intricacies of Kano politics, through various mediums, had drawn the attention of APC and Mr. President in particular to the fact that letting Ganduje goes scot-free without any kind of reprimand will be at the risk of losing the state to the opposition. Unfortunately the call fell on deaf ears.
Mr. President, your body language at the APC rally in Kano elicit your moral disdain for Ganduje and your verbal response at the APC presidential council campaign when the question of Ganduje arises, clearly portrayed your dilemma on the Gandujegate affair.
I assure you Mr. President that you have an unquestionable loyalty from the people of Kano State, but unfolding events are casting doubts on our mind whether that loyalty is reciprocated.
If we may sight examples here: You are known to strictly adhere to the rule of law and separation of power, but there are instances when your failure to intervene, even by mere words, caused catastrophic consequences to the welfare of Nigerians.
Number one example is your “siddon look” early in your administration when Bukola Saraki hijacked the legislature and the country suffered for it for four years. On the other hand, in instances where your survival is at stake, you don’t normally wait for due process but act swiftly.
Number one example here is when you uncover the conspiracies in the judiciary under Justice Onnoghen, you didn’t wait for due process under the CCT trial but lunged at him with an injunction that empowered you to suspend him.
On the eve of the Presidential elections, you gave out an executive order to the military to shoot on site anyone caught snatching ballot boxes and I believe your decision was born out of your experience on how such acts disenfranchise voters and swing outcomes.
That measure was responsible for making the 2019 presidential election one of the most peaceful, fair and transparent in our history. Unfortunately in Kano, a Deputy Governor and a serving commissioner disrupted collation from the last local government that would automatically gave PDP the victory.
Your executive order didn’t work and the culprits were never charged and their wishes granted as they celebrate hooliganism and impunity, while holding the state in ransom and apprehension as their act of hooliganism successfully stalled the announcement and led to the election being declared inconclusive.
You drummed up the anti-corruption crusade at every opportunity but the claim of selectivity on whom and where you waged that war according to the opposition is so glaring with the Ganduje corruption saga.
You have never for once condemned it but went on national television to cast doubt on the authenticity of the videos. Even when EFCC confirmed the authenticity of the videos you said and did nothing.
We thought you would have taken cue from Tinubu, who adamantly refused to let Ambode re-contest the Lagos State governorship elections, despite the fact that his crimes were far less than that of Ganduje and today Ambode is still in APC but Sanwa Olu became the new governor.
As the President you refused to save your most populous state from the grip of corrupt elements. What signal does that send on your anti-corruption stance?
Our call to Mr. President is you should do all within your power and ensure that adequate security is provided to thwart any kind of vote-buying, voter intimidation or rigging in whatever guise.
Call Tinubu/Oshiomole/APC to order to desist from interfering with Kano politics, we cannot be muscled to follow the script of power play aimed at 2023 elections. Let Kanawa exercise their franchise and vote on the 23rd and whoever wins be declared without delay.
As concerned Kano citizens, we felt duty bound to call the attention of Mr. President, the International community and all well-meaning Nigerians that any attempt to impose the current government against the wish of the people will not augur well for our democracy and could lead to unwanted development.
If Mr. President could sacrifice his integrity on corruption drive for the sake of Ganduje, instead of strengthening it by punishing him, we don’t believe a single loss of life in Kano because of Ganduje is worth it. We humbly demand Mr. President to reciprocate our gesture for being your defenders through thick and thin, to save Kano and our politics in the most trying time of our political history and allow us vote freely whoever we so chose.
ALI ABUBAKAR SADIQ Chairperson
HAJIYA AMINA BAMBADO Secretary