The immediate-past governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, is facing suspension from the ruling All Progressive Congress for organising a “violent rally” in the state while paying a condolence visit to the governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, over the death of his mother.
Addressing journalists in Kano on Thursday, the state party chairman, Umar Doguwa, said Mr. Kwankwaso, a serving senator, had exhibited “acts of indiscipline which should not be allowed to go unpunished”.
He said the party’s leadership and elders had approved the constitution of a disciplinary committee to penalise Mr. Kwankwaso.
According to him, the condolence visit was deliberately turned to a violent rally to cause mayhem in the state, abuse the governor and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The party and its leadership hierarchy, as enshrined in APC constitution, must be respected at all times by party members in respective of their position.
“The party leader today in Kano is nobody but Governor Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, who also must be respected by every person.
“The party would leave no stone unturned in ensuring discipline, orderliness and loyalty as prescribed by the constitution of the APC.
“Such case of party indiscipline committed by Senator Kwankwaso will be thoroughly investigated and dealt with in accordance with the constitution of the party,” Mr. Doguwa said.
The party chairman also alleged that the senator hired a crowd that crossed over the perimeter fence of the Kano airport and damaged some installations.
“When the hired crowd was denied access to the airport premises, they climbed over fences, breaking the iron barriers and destroying the Security scanners. All the pictures are available for confirmation.
“Also, the hired thugs were busy distributing presidential campaign posters, car stickers reading ‘Kwankwassiya 2019, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for President, among others,” he said.
The APC chairman said when other dignitaries from all walks of life – including those from the opposition party – came to condole with the governor, none of them made their visits violent.
He said despite the fact that the funeral rites of the governor’s mother were conducted with decorum, humility, civility and decency in keeping with religious and cultural values of the people, Mr. Kwankwaso dishonoured the dead by holding a “violent rally”.
“During the senator’s visit, there was a violent rally and open show of thuggery as his supporters were seen openly wielding machetes, swords and other dangerous weapons,” he said.
Mr. Doguwa also said the party frowned at Mr. Kwankwaso’s supporters’ call for replacement of Mr. Buhari with Mr. Kwankwaso by 2019.