Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje had reassured that the state would repeat what happened during the 1993 presidential election when the state supported a Southern candidate and rejected Kano citizens.
“That showed the political maturity and dexterity of Kano citizens. We voted for Chief MKO Abiola of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and rejected Bashir Othman Tofa of the National Republican Convention (NRC). Because we all believed in national integration and competence,” he argued.
The Governor’s spokesperson Abba Anwar in a statement on Wednesday said he made the remarks during a campaign tour with the All Progressives Party (APC) candidates vying for different positions for the upcoming general elections, as he visited the District Head of Kibiya, Sunusi Abubakar Ila, after holding a campaign rally and consultations in Rano and Bunkure and passing the night in Rano, the headquarter of Rano Emirate with his entourage.
“The APC Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu supported Northerners on different occasions to clinch the presidency.
“Tinubu was an instrument behind making Atiku Abubakar become the presidential candidate of Action Congress (AC). He also provided another platform for Nuhu Ribadu to contest for the presidency under the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) platform,” he reminded.
He further explained that, as rotational as it is, the presidential contest in the country, provides that, power rotates from North to South and vice versa.
Therefore, according to him, “Asiwaju Tinubu worked very hard to maintain the equation. Hence, his support for Northern Presidential candidates in the past. One good thing deserves another. We have no other option now than to support his candidature.”
According to the statement, Ganduje emphasized that Tinubu, the only deserving and most competent presidential candidate in the upcoming election, is being supported by the North because of his (Tinubu) firm belief in nation-building, all-encompassing pedigree, firm belief in human and national development among other factors.
He introduced all other candidates vying for the positions of Senator, membership of the House of Representatives and State Assembly, and gubernatorial and deputy gubernatorial positions.
Assuring all that, “I am presenting to all, our most competent and deserving contestants, who cannot be mates to all other contestants from all other opposition parties.”