Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has raised an alarm over plotting from high ranking members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to kill and scuttle his planned visit to Kano, on Tuesday.
Kwankwaso who spoke through the former Secretary to the Kano State Government, Dr Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi, at a Press Conference in Kano, insisted that the planned visit to the State would go ahead as scheduled.
His stance came barely 24 hours after the Commissioner of Police in Kano State, Rabiu Yusuf, had advised him to shelve the visit, for security reasons.
The State Government also planned a political event to coincide with the day the former Governor is expected to visit the State.
However, Bichi accused the State Government of plotting to scuttle Kwankwaso’s planned visit.
“It is a common knowledge in Kano that since November last year, news has been going round that Senator Kwankwaso had plans to come to Kano. However, the State Government through its officials, has vowed to stop him from visiting his Consistency.”
The former SSG further alleged that three prominent Politicians in the State were after Kwankwaso, and accused the Commissioner of Police of taking sides.
He said the Politicians are: the Commissioner of Rural Development, Alhaji Musa Iliyasu Kwankwaso; and his Special Duties counterpart, Abdullahi Abbas; as well as an APC stalwart, Alhaji Abdulmajid Danbalki, also known as Commander.
He explained that the Commissioner for Rural Development had on December 16, 2017, and January 15, 2018, declared on some radio stations, that whichever way Senator Kwankwaso chooses to come to the State, a political programme should be arranged to counter the visit.
According to him, the greatest threat was from the Commissioner of Special Duties who was caught on a video clip and radio that went viral on the social media, directing the supporters of the sitting Governor to stone the Senator, whenever he visits Kano.
Bichi alleged that Commander on his part, was on radio stations, threatening that Senator Kwankwaso would be arrested, if he goes ahead with the visit.
Bichi said following the inciting statements, a complaint letter dated January 10, was written to the Police, asking them to bring the alleged inciters to book.
He however, said on January 23, that Kwankwaso received a letter from the Commissioner of Police, advising him to shelve the visit in respect of the threats made by the Politicians.
Bichi lamented that Kwankwaso replied the Commissioner in a letter dated January 24, but that he refused to receive the letter, and also instructed his personnel not to receive it.
He pointed out that: “…it is instructive to say that should anything happen to Senator Kwankwaso or anybody among his supporters during his visit to Kano, CP Rabiu should be held responsible for dereliction of his responsibility.”
When contacted on phone, the Commissioner of Police said that he had already made the stand of the Police very clear to Senator Kwankwaso and his supporters.
“I have briefed you about Kwankwaso’s visit, and made it clear that there are impending threats associated with his coming to Kano, and we are doing our best to douse and neutralise the tension.
“All we want is to ensure that no life is lost, and nobody is injured during the planned visit, and we will continue to do everything possible to avert this. And that is why we advised Kwankwaso to shelve his visit, but if he insists on coming, then whatever happens, the law will take its course”, he said.
Also reacting, the Commissioner of Special Duties, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, said that what he said in the video clip was a mere political statement, and that he did not mention anybody’s name specifically.
He said: “I am a grassroots Politician, and we are used to the political language. Even Senator Kwankwaso is used to such language. We are all aware of his words of Jan Baki and Goro Dan Ujule.
“We use similar language. By virtue of my background, I cannot incite the public against anybody, but I cannot as well stop people from interpreting my statements to suit their political interests”, he stated.