by Segun Odeleye
Gov. Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano is fast replacing Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers as the critic-in-chief of Pres. Goodluck Jonathan.
Yesterday Pres. Jonathan was in Kano, and unlike the Sokoto governor Aliyu Wamakko who welcomed Jonathan when the president visited his state a month ago, Gov. Kwankwaso chose not to welcome the president, released a statement saying he regretted casting his vote for Jonathan and accused the president of shielding corruption.
In Kano yesterday Jonathan fired back at the governor accusing him of embezzlement and claiming that the governor did not vote for him in 2011 both during the PDP primary and the general elections.
After the PDP rally, Gov. Kwankwaso and other top leaders in Kano stormed the venue used by the president for the rally and used their brooms in sweeping it, symbolically representing what they hope to do in 2015.
The governor spoke at an event yesterday accusing Jonathan of embarking on “merry-making trips” at a time Nigerians should be mourning the many victims of the Nyanya bomb explosion that also left many critically injured.
“At a time when several innocent lives have been lost, when many of the victims are in hospital seeking blood donations to survive, the president is gallivanting round the country in the name of PDP unity rally,” Governor Kwankwaso said.
The governor, who spoke yesterday in Hausa during the 2nd matriculation of students of Northwest University, Kano at the Government House lawn, wondered why the president should be traveling aimlessly with taxpayers’ money while Nigerians were being killed daily because of the failure of the Federal Government to adequately protect lives and property.
“The man came to Kano to smear our image, but thank God, the man gave me free publicity by mentioning my name over 50 times in a 15-minute address. The President, his Vice and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation are vultures. They want the PDP to die and [they] feed on its carcass,” said Mr. Kwankwaso.
“If I decide to contest for the number one seat in this country, I will beg APC, APGA and Labor Party not to cast their votes for me. I want to assure you that, with the PDP vote that I will garner, definitely I will defeat the incumbent president hands down,” the governor asserted.
He said the Jonathan-led Federal Government had failed people of Kano state and indeed other Nigerians by not doing what is expected of a responsible government to better their lives, adding that Jonathan is not the President Nigerians deserve.