- Malam Muhammad Garba says Rabiu Kwankwaso did not seek re-election for the Senate because he is afraid of defeat by former governor Ibrahim Shekarau
- Garba described Senator Kwankwaso as “a spent force who is no longer relevant politically"
- The commissioner said Kwankwaso’s utterances in recent times depict that of a defeatist who is aware that he has lost touch with the realities in Kano politics
Former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, did not seek re-election for the Senate because he is afraid of defeat by former governor Ibrahim Shekarau, says the chairman, publicity committee of the Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje campaign organisation, Malam Muhammad Garba.
Garba made the comment during Ganduje’s campaign tour in Karaye local government area on Sunday, January 20, Daily Trust reports.
Legit.ng gathers that Garba, who is also the commissioner of information in Kano state, described Senator Kwankwaso as “a spent force who is no longer relevant politically.”
He said: “Senator Kwankwaso saw the handwriting on the wall and tactically withdrew, because he is afraid of being disgraced at the polls by His Excellency, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Sardaunan Kano.
“You can recall how Shekarau dealt with him in 2003 and 2007 when he defeated him as a sitting governor and also defeated his preferred governorship candidate in the 2007 governorship elections.
“Kwankwaso’s utterances in recent times depict that of a defeatist who is aware that he has lost touch with the realities in Kano politics."
According to Garba, the “depletion of his Kwankwasiyya Movement and the gale of defection by former chieftains of the movement to our great party, the APC, are also pointers to the fact the former governor and his governorship candidate have already lost out even before the election.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that no fewer than 41 serving senators from various political parties lost the opportunity to seek re-election and return to the upper legislative chamber.
This is based on the list of senatorial candidates released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday, January 17.
The list indicates that only 68 out of the 109 senators at the eighth National Assembly have secured their parties’ return ticket, thus having chances of being members of the ninth National Assembly if they win their elections.
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