The lingering political tussle between the Kano State governor, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and his predecessor, Dr Rabi’u Musa, took new dimension, yesterday, with the former threatening to probe the latter.A statement issued by the Commissioner of Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, in Kano, said that Ganduje would probe Kwankwaso’s administration if the Kwankwasiyya movement continued to spread falsehood about the present administration in the state.
The statement said: “This deliberate distortion of facts and spreading of falsehood is capable of provoking the government to drop its non-confrontational stance and institute commission of inquiry to prove the previous administration, particularly on illegal land deals, education and infrastructure.”
It said the recent threat of taking legal action against Ganduje by the Kwankwasiyya Movement, if he (Ganduje) fails to stop wearing red cap, was the most laughable, pathetic and a clear indication of ignorance of the Kwankwasiyya Movement of law and history of political struggle in Kano.
He said that red cap was introduced by late Malam Aminu Kano and popularized by his followers and disciples including Ganduje, adding: “Ganduje was at the forefront of its re-introduction during the second tenure of Kwankwaso in 2011. Who, then, could better claim the red cap doctrine?”
He added that the decision made by the governor to continue wearing the red cap was nothing but a personal choice and manifestation of his high sense of decency, decorum, responsibility, modesty and political astuteness.
“These are rights and liberties guaranteed to any citizen by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and, therefore, nobody has the right to deny the governor such liberties,” it said.
“The statement and empty threat should have been backed by citing the exact provisions of the Constitution, any statute, law or rules and regulations that were breached by the governor for his action, for it to hold any water, particularly in a court of law.”