A former governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso and the deputy governor of Kano state, Hafiz Abubakar boycotted the APC Ward Congress on Saturday.
The two APC leader in the state were nowhere to be found at the Congress. The ward congress at Madobi, the local government of Mr Kwankwaso was supervised by his political rival, Kano State’s Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Musa Kwankwaso.
It was gathered that APC members loyal to Mr. Kwankwaso conducted separate congresses in 484 wards of Kano State.
Hafiz Abubakar was not seen at the Saturday’s ward congress in his Mandawari ward of Gwale Local Government Area. The deputy governor became disgruntled when his younger brother was removed from the chairmanship of APC in Mandawari ward in Gwale.
Although Governor Abdullahi Ganduje directed the reinstatement of the deputy governor’s brother, Saturday’s ward congress showed the emergence of one Salisu Sani as the elected chairman of Mandawari ward.
Mr Abubakar has not officially provided any reason for his boycott of the congress amidst speculations he is a loyalist of Mr Kwankwaso.
The state government is, however, unperturbed by the boycott and has described the Congress as successful.
A statement signed by the chief press secretary to Mr Ganduje, Abba Anwar, said the governor described the ward congress as a unifying factor for the party at all levels, emphasising that, “Ours is to foster unity in democracy, for the overall development of our nation.” in the 2019 election.