Rabiu Kwankwaso was the only governor who endorsed his deputy in 2015 to succeed him, when he threw his weight behind Abdullahi Ganduje to become Kano governor.
Last year, the two men also became the first ex-governor and current governor within the same All Progressives Congress (APC) to publicly fall out with each other. And things have not remained the same.
The latest battleground in their fight is next Saturday’s house of assembly bye-election in Minjibir. The state government has accused the Kwankwasiyya movement loyal to the former governor of plans to hire thugs who will disrupt the poll.
“We have received credible information that the Kwankwasiyya group, knowing fully that their anti-party intention will fail, have resorted to hiring of thugs from the republic of Niger and neighboring states of Katsina and Jigawa state,” said the state commissioner of information, youth, sports and culture, Malam Muhammad Garba in a statement. “We have learnt on good authority that the thugs imported are armed to the teeth.”
The commissioner said that security agencies have been informed of the plot and the government will do all it can to ensure that chaos does not erupt in the state.
“We want to warn that as a responsible government, we will not sit down and fold our hands for some disgruntled elements to cause chaos in the state and destroy the relative peace in the state,” he said.
Kwankwaso is currently a senator of the federal republic but has seen his influence whittled down in the state where he pulled the strings from 2011 to 2015 with the cult-like Kwankwasiyya movement.