By Salim Yunusa
A picture of Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, trampling a portrait of his embattled political rival, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has gone viral on the internet.
The picture was taken at a rally which was organised to welcome former governorship candidate of the Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), A. A. Zaura and other decampees into APC that took place at Sabongari area of Kano metropolis and Governor Abdullahi Ganduje was among the dignitaries receiving the decampees into the APC fold.
The picture was shared on the social media handle of Faizu Alfindiki, the Kano Municipal Council Chairman.
The action drew widespread condemnation from people across social media platforms, among which Muaz Magaji, the former Comissioner, Works and Infrastructure, Kano State Executive Council said, “who ever advised this as an act of political opposition or more appropriately a demonstration of conquest, vanquish or authority doesn’t know politics enough and how it spins This act, I’m sorry to say Sir, is petty and not right coming from an elder and our leader like yourself.
Your Excellency, you are surrounded by very bad company and negatively minded actors that will not be there when the same treatment is directed at you. We will not stand by and watch that happen in sha Allah, which is why we are asking you to please lead us based on Kano traditional heated political dynamics, debates on issues and amplified differences but grounded on a better, morally acceptable and objectively fashioned opposition politics. This is not only good politics but culturally and religiously aligned.”
Ismail M. Ahmad, a social media commentator attached the picture and wrote: “If this is the language he understands, they (Kwankwasiyya members) will surely speak to him in same language as well. Mark my words”.