The battle for supremacy between Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje and his predecessor, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, over the soul of Kano politics has culminated in the suspension of the state chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Umar Haruna Doguwa and the Organizing Secretary, Sanusi Suraju Kwankwaso.
The two suspended party executive members are loyal to Senator Kwankwaso who dared Governor Ganduje two weeks ago.
The secretary of the party, Abbas Sani Abbas, who announced the suspension yesterday in Kano, said that Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi, former Commissioner of Environment and current Special Adviser to Governor Ganduje on Political Affairs, has assumed office as Acting Chairman of the APC in Kano.
The APC Secretary insisted that the party in Kano would not tolerate any act of disloyalty, disclosing that a Disciplinary Committee has been set up with a mandate to investigate the suspended members and return their findings and recommendations within one week.
The seven-man Disciplinary Committee is headed by Alhaji Haruna Ahmadu Danzago, a close political associate of President Muhammadu Buhari. Nuraddeen Zubair was named the secretary of the committee while five others are members.
Abbas explained that: “Having received complaints and petitions from card-carrying members of our great party, the APC, about the case of misconduct and abuse of office by the state party chairman, Haruna Umar Doguwa and the state organizing secretary, Sanusi Suraju Kwankwaso of which the former, after issuing out a press conference duly agreed upon by the party’s Working Committee and Elders Committee respectively, later betrayed the trust the party bestowed on him, by making a unilateral statement that refuted the party’s position on the subject matter.
“In the same respect, the organizing secretary made various (comments on) radio programmes which were injurious to the party, without seeking the permission of the party.
“Based on the above action, we therefore, suspend the party chairman, Haruna Umar Doguwa and the organizing secretary, Sanusi Suraju Kwankwaso, from their various positions.
“We, hereby, constitute a seven-man disciplinary committee which was set up to investigate the matter and take proper disciplinary measures and we urge them to discharge their duty without hindrance.
“This decision is therefore forwarded to the state Executive Committee for ratification and undersigned by the state working committee. The disciplinary committee is therefore given one week to submit their report.”
Meanwhile, all 44 local government chairmen, members of Kano State House of Assembly, former and present National Assembly lawmakers, party chairmen and secretaries from the 44 local government areas and other party stakeholders have reportedly endorsed the suspension.