Abdullahi Ganduje, the Governor of Kano state, on Friday promised to receive his predecessor and political rival, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, if he decides to return to the All Progressive Congress (APC) after the elections.
However, Ganduje made it clear that it would only be after the 2019 elections, so Kwankwaso does not brag that he influenced APC’s victory.
The Governor stated this while receiving Alhaji Ibrahim Na-Kaduna, chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Yalwa Ward in Dala Local Government, where Ali Sani Madakin Gini, PDP’s Kano Central Senatorial candidate hails from.
“In APC, we take all as human beings. We treat them with all manner of dignity and respect.
“That is why we are doing our best to woo new entrants into our fold. Even him (Kwankwaso) we wanted him to come and rejoin our party.
“When he was planning to come back, he came with a condition that we must support his candidate for the presidency.
“We told him point-blank that as far as we are concerned there is no vacancy in the Villa.
“We made him understand vividly clear that we could not support any other candidature apart from that of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Kwankwaso was only busy doing what he thought were ways to get to President Muhammadu Buhari to tell him that he wanted to stage a comeback.
“But when he saw the handwriting on the wall clearly, he retreated. This is so because we told our President not to take any serious action and not to even entertain him, until after the general elections.
“If we accept him before elections, he could beat his chest at the end of it and boast that he made the victory possible.
“We now said let him rejoin when election is over. That is after the victory come calling,” Ganduje said.