Final Crumble of Kwankwasiyya in Kano political space – By Abba Dukawa


Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (RMK) does not want any other person to shine. I know Kwankwaso more than any other person. He is a kind of person that knows everything, knows better than any other person and who is self-centred. Whatever this man asks you to do or to pursue will be for his own benefit not yours. “I know all his political tricks, deceptiveness and doggedness but I endured him for all the years we weretogether. He will never appreciate you for whatever you did to him, be it big or small. When we contested election in 1999, ‘Wallahi’, I was his boss because I paid for his political posters and mobilised people for him from all the 44 local governments of Kano State. In fact, Kwankwaso did not win the primary election in 1999, I won the election, but we were reconciled. Ganduje said

This is a testimonial statement from a horse mouth and it is a proof of what many peoples seeing RMK as self-centred person. Because whatever Khadimul Islam said about Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso any right thinking person will not dispute it having closely works together. At different time was RMK, deputy when latter was a minister they work together.

The duo, however, drew the battle line shortly after the former handed over to the later on May 29, 2015. Kwankwaso’s alleged quest to control Kano government house from Abuja and Ganduje’s reported firm resistance to godfatherism, snowballed into a deep-rooted political rivalry, which made Kwankwaso to dump the APC and return to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) while vowing to ensure that Ganduje is voted out of Kano government house during the 2019 elections.

Ganduje versus Kwankwaso tussle began accusations and counter accusations were traded. The two principal actors initially denied anything was amiss, but soon it became a macabre dance in the marketplace.

The peoples of Kano witnessed tussle when Kwankwaso’s desire to frustrate Ganduje’s second-term ambition might remain a mere dream. Aside from his tussle with Ganduje, Kwankwaso had dumped the APC for PDP to pursue his presidential ambition and ultimately to create a platform and recruit a lieutenant, with whom to dislodge Ganduje from Kano government house.

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Even at the peaked of tussle of, Governor Ganduje remains focussed on delivering democracy dividends to Kano peoples and has not only kept faith to his promise of continuing the projects and policies of his predecessor, he had moving on to conceptualisation and consolidation of his own projects and policies.

While Kwankwaso was deluded by his rise to political limelight and his rabid followers do not help matters as they have spun a myth around him that he wears shoes made of metal and he could tread on the toes of all – the mighty and the not-so-mighty. He even presumed to be undefeatable leader: he can do and undo, he can make or mar, he can give power to whomsoever he wishes and wrest power from whomsoever he wishes. Kwankwasiyya has now crumbled like a pack of cards and the domino effect will extend to remaining supporters Kwankwaso’s

Out of his tricks aimed at making Ganduje’s administration failure over N350 Billion debt left behind by Kwankwaso’s administration. Debt cuts across contracts for uncompleted flyovers, roads, and the controversial foreign and local scholarship scheme, which amount to over N15 billion.

This is not to count the ordinary citizens, civil servants and pensioners who suffered varied indignity during his second tenure between 2011 and 2015.Madugu borrowed N4.161 billion from the pension fund to build Bandirawo and Amana Housing Estates and Ganduje’s government is still paying the debt.

As it could be power intoxication that pushed Sen. Kwankwaso to dare Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Maybe, power intoxicates. And it appears since than loses his bearing after a sip.

Indeed, his hunger to remain perpetually in power, by proxy or otherwise. RMK not leant that many political elite loses their bearing after a sip. Indeed, they hunger to remain perpetually in power, by proxy or otherwise.

Many Peoples wishing to witness this day that where Madugu lose out in the tussle for supremacy of Kano politics. Like as the farsighted Kawana in 2019 elections voting out red cap puppet candidates by extension RMK out of controlling state politics.
As popular saying any person will reap what he sow, everyone knows that Malam Musa Gwadabe and Senator Hamisu Musa are Kwankwaso’s political godfather before they parted ways after Kwankwaso had realized his political ambition and subsequent stardom, Dauda Dangalan, the late Muhammad Abubakar Rimi and even some nondescript but rising politicians who sacrificed their energy, time and resources for his political glory only to be later discarded them into the dustbin.

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For those who closely follow the political antics of , Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, they know that he is always fond of revelling in the political misfortune of others and he can go to any length to dig a deep hole for his perceived political enemies to fall into. Kwankwaso was able to cajoled the former deputy governor of Prof Hafiz Abubakar to resigned on the promised that he would give him the gubernatorial ticket of the main opposition party only to pick his anointed son-in-law who is well-known as a puppet political

Still Kwankwasiyya supporters counting the lost of heavyweights backers of the movement as Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi and other of the state have demonstrated their resolved in freeing themselves from bandage of Kwankwasiyya.

Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi (RSB) is undisputable closet allay of Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who choice being him at the expense of his Secretaryship to the state government at the onset of tussle for supremacy of Kano politics. When Madugu left APC joined other senators headed by Senate President Saraki back PDP Bichi followed him and became Kano state PDP chairman in the state till accepts the offered of hand of friendship extended to them by Governor UA Ganduje after Apex court ruling which affirmed his election. With RSB decamp to APC is just like moving back to the fold of his 20 years political associate and it’s mean Kwankwaso have completely became political irrelevant.

These are the peoples that makes Kwankwasiyya political dynasty to reach its peak with all Madugu closest left him. Its seem like Kwankwasiyya have reached the final stage of its active life circle.

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Political observers believe that , Senator Kwankwaso taking all his political associate of over 20 years granted and allowing himself yo think he can do and he can do and undo, he can make or mar, he can decide what best for them. In Kwankwaso’s recent interview which was aired by many radio stations in kano and which was believed to be responding to Ganduje’s outburst while receiving PDP chairman and a leader of Kwankwasiyya Rabiu Bichi and other members at Government House.

In some part interview,he was trying to identify himself as a defender of traditional institution while peoples will not forgotten when led the state between 2011 and 2015. The same traditional institution has not been spared from the sharp tongue and disrespect and what is more painful is that his blind followers see nothing wrong in what he does or says.

The business community in the state bear the brunt of Kwankwaso’s mischief as his policies while at the helm of affairs retarded commercial activities rather than promoting commerce for which Kano has been well-known since time immemorial. But one funny and laughable now Madugu turns defender traditional institution.
Its now indisputable Ganduje is on total control of state political spice as 2019 gubernatorial and rerun elections have shown that the vaunted strong political base of Kwankwaso as majorly constituted by the youth is nothing but a shaky foundation on which the house of Kwankwasiyya has been built. If you want to dig a hole of mischief, make it very shallow” for you do not know may be you are the one that will fall therein. RMK now is into political eclipse In the whole of this twists and turns, Ganduje appears to be consolidating his own political base.

Dukawa is journalist and public affairs commentator can be reached at

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