- APC leader Tinubu said he decided to choose Kano as the venue for his 12th Colloquium to enhance national unity and cohesion
- However, a Kano PDP chieftain, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, claimed Tinubu's choice of Kano was politically motivated
- Gwarzo said the APC leader was absent when his presence and comments were needed in some previous incidents that threatened the nation's unity
Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano, has claimed that Bola Tinubu’s choice of Kano as the venue of his 12th Colloquium is “purely a political move.”
Tinubu, a former Lagos governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), organised the colloquium in commemoration of his 69th birthday in Kano on Monday, March 29.
Speaking at the event, the APC leader said that the choice of Kano state as the venue was to establish the fact that the Fulanis and Yoruba people can co-exist in love and peace.
However, Gwarzo, who was the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Kano in the 2019 election, said he disagreed with Tinubu’s statement, Daily Trust reported.
He said the APC leader had ample opportunities to show that he is a true national leader but failed to take advantage of those opportunities.
“It (colloquium in Kano) has nothing to do with national cohesion and unity. When people were asked to stand up to be counted, he wasn’t there. So many things happened recently with the most recent one being the barbaric violence that erupted in Shasa, Ibadan.
"Being a political leader of the South West, at least as far as APC is concerned, Tinubu should have asked for restraint and seen to be active in trying to quell the looming crisis."
“As someone who is aspiring to be president of this country, Tinubu should have risen to that occasion and talked positively. You don’t just come and hold your colloquium here (Kano) and think that will be a panacea for national unity.
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“As far as I am concerned, it is purely a political move, more about 2023. The APC government has failed and Tinubu is not saying anything. So many lives are being lost on a daily basis, not only in the South West.”
There have been wide speculations that Tinubu wants to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. However, the former Lagos governor is yet to publicly declare interest in the presidency.
Meanwhile, Tinubu has also said the Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and others agitating for the break-up of Nigeria are taking wrong steps.
The APC leader emphasised that unity is key and that the Yoruba and Fulani are one and have to live together.
He said he chose Kano for the colloquium to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical period that they must remain as one.