Forty-five days to the February 25 presidential election, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State says the state will repeat what happened during the June 12, 1993 presidential election when the state supported a Southern candidate and rejected a Kano citizen.
Abba Anwar, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor quoted Ganduje as saying this while on campaign tour with candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) contesting for different elective positions in the coming general elections .
“That showed 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,” Ganduje said
The governor in the course of the campaign tour 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 headquarters of Rano Emirate with his entourage.
Reminding Nigerians that, the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, supported Northerners at different occasions to clinch the presidency, Ganduje said this is the time for the North to reciprocate.
“Tinubu was an instrument behind making Atiku Abubakar to become the presidential candidate of Action Congress (AC). He also provided another platform for Nuhu Ribadu to contest for the presidency under the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN),” Ganduje reminded the people .
Explaining further that, as it is today, the presidential contest in the country, provides that, power rotates from North to South and vice versa, insisting that cannot afford to be a political traitor.
“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,” he said.
Ganduje emphasised that, Tinubu remains the only deserving and most competent presidential candidate in the upcoming election, saying he 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 House of Representatives and state ssembly and gubernatorial and deputy gubernatorial positions.
“I am presenting to all, our most competent and deserving contestants, who cannot be mates to all other contestants from all other opposition parties,” Ganduje explained.