President Goodluck Jonathan was in Kano State yesterday in for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rally, where he described Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, as a fraudster for embezzling allowances meant for party delegates during the 2010 PDP Presidential primaries.
In his reaction to newspaper reports which quoted Kwankwaso as saying he regretted voting for him in 2011 general election, Jonathan described Kwankwaso’s outburst as a lie, pointing out that Kwankwaso never identified with him politically.
In a swift response, Governor Kwankwaso fired back accusing the president of being insensitive to the mood of Nigerians by embarking on ‘merry-making trips’ when the nation is mourning those who died in Abuja bomb blast last Monday.
Several Nigerians on Social Media had before the president’s Abuja trip discussed how insensitive it would be for a president to embark on party rally trips after lives were just lost to a bomb blast in his country, with many vouching for him, saying he would not attend the rally.
Jonathan was however in Kano for PDP unity rally yesterday, where he told a multitude of party faithful that converged on the Polo ground that Kwankwaso had been busy making noise “but we talk less and this is the time to expose him.”
“I could vividly remember that the Kano State governor, Kwankwaso, did not vote for me during the primary and secondary elections in 2011, he was part of those who worked against me during that period and did not celebrate with me after the victory.
“The allowances sent by my party campaign office for election purposes were taken away by Kwankwaso without giving anybody a Kobo. How can he say he voted for me?”
He asked Kwankwaso to explain the whereabouts of over N250 billion disbursed to local government councils between 2011 and now, stressing that this, perhaps, explained the absence of development at the 44 local government areas of Kano State.
“Some of you would be asking questions why the President did not wear PDP dress in the rally; I decided to appear this way because there is somebody here in Kano that said anybody that wears hat is a devil and I would explain in detail the federal government projects here in Kano. I will then leave Kano people to judge me”
President Jonathan disclosed that his administration had awarded N14 billion dual carriageway that would link Kano and Katsina, noting that this was in addition to two major flyovers being constructed at strategic locations in the city to aid smooth vehicular movement.
“Kwankwaso collected N255 billion local government federal allocation from June 2011 to date but nothing was done in the local government areas in the state.
“Despite all sorts of bad names Kwankwaso called me, including devil, Kano is one of the major beneficiaries of Federal Government projects since we assumed office.”
Commenting on the upsurge in insurgency, President Jonathan declared that “terrorists cannot stop this country from growing from strength to strength and I must assure you it would soon be a thing of the past.
“Terrorists will not stop Nigerians from moving and we must unite to fight them and we would continue to encourage the security agencies to redouble their efforts at dismantling the insurgents.”
On the 2015 general election, the President declared that “Kano must return to the PDP, and the stolen mandate of our party to the other party must be reclaimed.”
In his address, National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ahmad Adamu Mu’azu, said Kano was a PDP state and
would return to the mainstream of the party in 2015.
“Everything possible would be put on the ground to bring back the party into Government House, Kano.
“The PDP is ready and will remain always ready to reclaim its entire stolen mandate in other states,” Mu’azu said.