Editor's note: Kabir Tsakuwa, a social analyst, explains why the keenly contested governorship election in Kano state favoured the incumbent Abdullahi Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Tsakuwa gives his opinion on the alleged weaknesses of Aba Gida Gida, the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the very election and why he lost.
Since the formal declaration of Abdullahi Ganduje as the over-all winner of the 2019 gubernatorial election in Kano state, many observers have continued to express divergent views. Not surprisingly however, whereas some are elated about the outcome, many others are deeply saddened and depressed with the turn of events.
No doubt, the voting patterns has brought into the fore, two inter-related issues. First, a strong desire for change in the status quo ante by especially youth and second, a firm resolve and preference to maintain the current order of things by elders. But while the former premised their resolve for change based on Ganduje’s purported inability to continue with free education policy of kwankwasiyya, and foreign sponsorship of students to pursue diverse field of studies; and the infamous saga; the latter chooses continuity no matter what, and going forward.
So overall, Kanawa were caught in-between the devil and deep blue sea in terms of limited choice. Come to think of it, politically, most people don’t like Ganduje and morally, Kwankwaso may not be the right choice for obvious reasons. But by voting for Ganduje however, Kanawa have chosen the lesser of the two evils in terms of how their resources can be utilized and religious feelings and sentiments respected.
Personally, most voters don’t have any negative feelings toward Abba Gida Gida. But the history of Kwankwaso’s overbearing influence and domineering character and beer parlour utterances had put off many into direct oppositions to all his political aspirations and that clearly favour Ganduje’s ultimate success.
Indeed, among the many reasons that led to Kwankwasiyya’s shocking defeat in the last re-run poll, suffice it to mention some that are by no means exhaustive as follows:
First, had Abba Gida Gida won, a complex state like Kano would have been saddled with an inexperienced administrator who would need more time to learn some basic rudiments of governance. And Kwankwaso would have been the de-facto governor by proxy - a situation many people find deeply reprehensible. In addition to that, most Kanawa are opposed to Kwankwaso doing ‘third term’ as governor of Kano which would have pave the way for the politics of ‘god-fatherism’ in Kano with all its attendant negative after-effects.
Moreover, politics of witch-hunt and vendetta would have been entrenched in the state had PDP snatched victory. And nobody is sure whether current ongoing projects in the metropolitan city will be completed. Aside these, there have been justified palpable fear that Kwankwaso’s dream for another shot at presidency will be solely financed by Kano’s tax payers money having effectively taken control of all the levers of power and its finances?
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The unfortunate phenomenon whereby our youth who happen to be leaders of tomorrow were more-often-than-not misled and used and dumped by Kwankwasiyya also justifies his rejections. It is so unfortunate that the youth of nowadays have no respect for elders. They can abused and destroy whoever tries to interfere with their pretentious idiosyncrasies courtesy of Kwankwaso’s negative utterances and influence and that was why, portion of the Ulama class, and all those given to moral nuances and sensitivities worked against him.
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