President Goodluck Jonathan virtually went for the throat of Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in Kano today, saying that the governor is more of a devil than him, even as he alleged that the governor embezzled money meant for Kano state delegates to the national convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of 2011 election.
The obviously angry President told the PDP supporters at the party’s unity rally to formally welcome the former Kano state governor, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau into the party, that governor Kwankwaso had never voted for him and Vice President Mohammed Namadi Sambo either at party level or at national level.
Apparently reacting to the statement allegedly credited to governor Kwankwaso that any Kano man that wears bowler hat, his personal trade-mark, is a devil and that he regretted voting for him, President Jonathan wondered how can he be devil when his government had done so much for the people of the state.
He stressed that Kwankwaso never liked him to win the Presidency of this country, adding that Kwankwaso ever walked out angrily at the PDP convention when it became clear that he was going to win the party presidential ticket.
President Jonathan said that Kwankwaso also pocketed undisclosed amount of money given to him to bring Kano state delegates to the National convention of the party, saying: “he never gave anyone kobo.”
According to the President who deliberately wore his traditional attire, matched with bowler hat at the rally, away from the white baban riga and ‘Aminu Kano’ cap worn by other party chieftains, while governor Kwankwaso cannot account for about N255.6 Billion which Kano state got from the federation account since 2011, his government had given Kano people so much in terms of socio-economic development.
They included 515,000 farmers that benefit ted from 76,000 metric tonnes of fertilizers, 58,000 improved seeds to farmers and 100,000 farmers that benefited from dry farming facilities all between 2012 and 2013. He added that as at 2013, the population of rice farmers grew from 1,500 to 66,000 even as he said that federal government under him has been supporting cotton, wheat and groundnut farmers in the state.
President Jonathan said that he had assured the Emir of Kano, Dr. Ado Bayero that his government would soon revive groundnut pyramid, asking: how can such person who has done so much for Kano be called devil?
President Jonathan described Shekarau as a true Nigerian political patriot who warmly received him in Kano thrice at the time he was Vice President on the PDP platform while Shekarau was then serving on the platform of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
The President who was apparently reacting to governor Kwanlwaso who refused to receive him in the state, made it clear that PDP would recover Kano state in 2015 “whether with red cap or bowler hat.”
On the terrorists’ attacks, especially at Nyanya bus park yesterday, President Jonathan vowed that terrorists will not stop his government from working, even as he reassured Nigerians and the international community that the country would soon get over it.
The President who once more expressed condolences to the families of victims yesterday’s bomb blast in Nyanya, which claimed no fewer than 71 lives and over 124 people injured said the target of terrorists is to halt governance.
He said that the terrorists have failed as his administration would not succumb to terror.
“Let me emphasized that terror will not stop Nigeria from moving. The terrorists and those sponsoring them will not stop this country from moving.
“This country will continue to move from strength to strength. We will continue to do our best to make sure we live peacefully in this country.”