The National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congres, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, refuted rumors that he was in Kano and meddling in the state’s supplementary elections scheduled for Saturday.
Backstory: In a statement issued by his Media Adviser, Tunde Rahman, Tinubu said he had not been in Kano at any point during the conduct of the elections, and that the photo of himself and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano circulating in the media was taken in 2018 when the governor visited Lagos.
“These desperate politicians stir resentment of others as a way to get the support of the people. They use lies and deception as their crutch, casting me as some type of one-man political invasion intending to unduly influence the governorship election,” the statement read. “For the record, I’m not in Kano and have not been in Kano at any point during the conduct of these elections. The picture that these liars are circulating is one that was taken last year when the governor visited Lagos.”
Tinubu said that Kano had historically stood as a bastion of progressive politics. According to him, its brand of politics helped inspire the establishment of the APC.
“Regarding the people of Kano, I have nothing but the utmost respect and admiration. Kano has an enlightened electorate that will vote as they believe. I hope that they will disregard the lies and rumors about me and remain faithful to their progressive tradition,” he said.
Tinubu said that he had been at the forefront of the struggle for electoral reforms, justice and equality over the years and would never do anything to desecrate those ideals.
“I believe in a free and fair electoral process, a project to which I have devoted the majority of my adult life to achieve. Let this election be decided on the relative merits of the competing candidates. I’m a committed Democrat and advocate of free and fair electoral processes. I will neither support nor work to promote anything that will undermine or weaken the electoral system,” Tinubu said.
Bottom Line: Like Tinubu, the Kaduna governor, Nasir El-Rufai, also recently denied reports that he was in Kano. Even though the APC faces tough odds in several of the supplementary polls scheduled for this Saturday, there is no price quite like Kano, the most populous state in the country.