Kwankwaso, Ganduje take Kano political battle to Edo

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Ganduje and Kwankwaso

The distance between Kano and Edo states is 672 kilometres.

But the two political heavyweights in the most-populous North West state have come down South to test their might yet again.

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso are in Edo to support their party’s candidates in the September 19 gubernatorial election.

In his second term bid in 2019, Ganduje of the All Progressives Congress (APC) narrowly fended off stiff opposition from Abba Kabir Yusuf, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate backed by Kwankwaso and his ubiquitous Kwankwasiyya followers. Yusuf is also Kwankwaso’s son-in-law.

Ganduje is the Chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for the Edo guber poll.

The Kano governor stormed the Arewa community in Eyaen, in the outskirts of Benin City and urged residents to come out and vote en masse for APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Ganduje in Edo
Ganduje meeting Hausa community in Edo

He added that a vote for APC would be a vote for President Muhammadu Buhari and the support for him to continue to reposition Nigeria for greater heights.

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On the other hand, Kwankwaso assured PDP candidate, Godwin Obaseki and his running mate, Philip Shaibu of the Arewa community’s support for their second-term bid.

He hailed Obaseki for his people-oriented projects and programmes across the state, urging Edo voters to reelect the governor who has shown competency in delivering the dividends of democracy in the first term.

Kwankwaso made the call after a meeting with Shaibu and leaders and members of the Arewa Community in the state.

Kwankwaso in Edo
Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; Former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso; and Deputy Governor and running mate, Rt. Hon. Comr. Philip Shaibu during a meeting with leaders and members of the Arewa Community in Edo State.
“I am here in Edo State to visit my brother Obaseki and have a word with him and his deputy. I have gone round the city to talk to people myself, on the road and market places, on the need to vote for Obaseki.
“I met with the Arewa Community and they have given us their assurances of support for the PDP on the back of the administration’s developmental strides in the state. My presence here is very important, that is why I am here to support my brother.
“I am here to campaign for my brother and call on the people to vote for competency. I know the trick of the opposition as they are using religion and rigging. That is what is left for them. The people of Edo State are wiser as I am sure that no matter their strategy, it will not have any electoral impact.
“I am so happy that Obaseki has done well as I have gone through his projects in the last three years and nine months. What should matter to us now as a people is who can do the job and do it better.
“The message is clear; vote for a governor that has already performed, a man that is tested and trusted,” Kwankwaso said.

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