*Says underage voters mere propaganda
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state said on Tuesday that his decision to resist moves by his predecessor, Mr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to remote control him was the genesis of their feud in recent times.
Ganduje said this in Abuja while fielding questions from State House correspondents on the sidelines of Hightable Dialogue on Ethical Values and National Security held at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.
“As you know we were very good friends. In fact, my political history cannot be complete without Kwankwaso and the history of Kwankwaso’s politics cannot be complete without me.
“But somewhere somehow things went wrong. But we believe in politics you will get to a point you cannot rule and manage a state and then you are being controlled from outside, you know that one is very, very difficult to happen if you look at the psychology of leaders,” he said.
Asked to react to images of underage voters emerging from Kano state after saturday’s elections, the governor said: “That was propaganda. You can ask the national observers who went there, they held a press conference, all those pictures were children from school assembly.
“It is not true, it is part of the propaganda. Let them go back to the states and ask the people did they queue up and vote in the election? So we don’t even need to respond to such falsehood. Ask those who are credible and who witnessed the election, I think that is the most important thing rather than rely on the social media where things are crafted, and take pictures that were prearranged. We don’t rely on that.”
He said the election was peaceful, free and fair, stressing that there’s was no case of security breaches in the state.
“A month a go we had inter-faith dialogue between the Christians and Muslims and the Ulamas and the clergymen were all there. We had a resolution pertaining to the Peace and stability in the state.
“And since I came into office, there has not been any outbreak of instability in the state, nobody has been killed, nobody has been injured as a result of political activities. So you can see that the propaganda outside the state is that there is security in the state, practically we have been showing that it is false,” he said.