In Defence Of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso By Adnan Mukhtar Adam
The emergence of Dr Bukola Saraki as the president of the 8th senate is a rebellion against the descision of his party and has never come to me as a suprise going by his political record in the politics of kwara state, his emergence was strongly opposed by the leadership of APC as the party has its Own candidates in the contest. The winners of the mock primaries it has conducted.
I can recall vividly that it is Dr Saraki himself who calls on the party to conduct a primaries for those vieng the position of Senate President and Speaker at the National Assembly, the party answered his call and the primary was scheduled. On the day of the primaries when it was about to start, Saraki and his supporters staged a walk out at the venue stating that the party will not be fair to them, the party went ahead and conducted the mock primaries, Sen Lawan and Akume emerged winners for the position of senate president and Deputy Senate President respectively, the same thing was done for the APC members at the green chamber in which Hon Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon Tahir Mongunu emerged winners for Speaker and Deputy Speakership anointed candidates for the APC.
Going by the political records of Ahmad Lawan, it is impossible for one to compare it with that of Saraki, as a former chairman of senate committee on public accounts, he has never being found guilty of any allegation of corruption unlike Saraki, therefore Lawan is the best person in the right position to work with President Muhammadu Buhari as he is uncorruptible. This is the same reason that paved way for Kwankwaso’s support on Lawan’s candidature.
Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso has since cautioned the leadership of APC to zone the leadership of National Assembly so as to avoid a repetition of the past(Tambuwalization of the house and senate), several newspapers and online news reported the former defence minister on this, it is the same kwankwaso who advised Saraki not to go far with his ambition, not to go against the descision of his party, he should respect the party for the maintainace of peace, so as to avoid the destablization and division of its members at the red chamber but he went ahead and contest for the 4th seat in Nigerian government. Sen Kwankwaso is a person who rewards loyalty with loyalty and disloyalty with distance, Saraki is also the same person who refused to honour the invitation of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo for a consensus meeting, he even calls the Vice President a mere commissioner in the cause of desperation for power, he failed to honour the invitation of the President and the Party at the International Conference Centre and went ahead to contest, this is a rebellion and is what Provoked Sen Kwankwaso in making the right comment on the matter at the right time. Despite Kwankwaso being a member of the new PDP and Saraki being also part of same new PDP is supposed to gain the support and favour of Kwankwaso but the Former Defence Minister buried his greediness and support the descision of the party, it shows how Kwankwaso puts his party interest ahead of his own selfish interest, Kwankwaso believes in loyalty and he hates disloyalty. For God sake How would you expect the support of kwankwaso on someone who excersied indiscipline on the leaders of his party? Kwankwaso is a committed and loyal member of the APC, he won’t accept or go against the wishes and interest of his party. It is unfortunate for Saraki’s supporters to start calling kwankwaso with names, I am not happy with this. The Question is why will Saraki reject the result of a mock primaries he called for? It shows how desperate and power monger politician he is.
Prominent Constitutional Lawyer and Legal Adviser to former Head of state Gen Sani Abacha Prof Auwalu Yadudu has said this on the emergence of Saraki ” The process violated the senate standing rules and it was procedurally flawed” Yadudu went on to explain that when they elect their leaders, the senate rules requires that all senators must be given the chance to participate and that was why presentation of certificate of return and a roll call were among the first duties to be carried out by the clerk of the National Assembly before the elections can be conducted, he concluded, if the law required that things should be done one way and they are done another way, the law will not ignore such breach.
Why will the Clerk to the National Assembly Salisu Maikasuwa conduct such an election while the law has make a clear provision on it? 51 members were absent but went ahead to inaugrate the 8th senate members. Prof Itse Sagay has also make his stand by condemning the emergence of Saraki/Ekweremadu as senate president and deputy, to say nothing Saraki has committed an anti party activities for conieving and making alliance with the opposition PDP, a party that misruled Nigeria, a party that caused all the damages Nigerians are suffering from, it is unfortunate to make an alliance with such a party and even give it the chance to produce the Deputy Senate President, this and many other irregularities in the election is what provoked Senator Rabiu Musa Kwakwaso to making such guarded statements with facts. Kwankwaso has make his stand on the election describing it as unacceptable to his party as a committed and loyal member of the APC, it is unfortunate some Nigerians pick a fight against this man, calling him with all sorts of names, this callings makes me to know that the truth is indeed bitter. For your information, the development and achievements of Kwankwaso in Nigerian politics cannot be compared with any other Northern politician of the 4th Republic talkless of Saraki in kwara state, he was a two term governor of kwara state and two term senator of Kwara Central but with all these positions he held, the state remain agrarian and rural till date despite the fact that his family has been in the saddle of the state politically.
Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso is the Architect, Builder and Founder of Modern Kano State, if you are doubting come to kano and see it for yourself, He is a National Politician to the extent that the politics of Northern Nigeria cannot be mentioned without his name, it sounds funny to hear some people calling him a local champion, I see such kind of people as those lacking political history, Kwankwaso was a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives under SDP in 1992 by then Saraki was no where to be found in Nigerian politics, He was a two term governor of the largest state in Northern Nigeria, a former Defence Minister and Adviser to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, he came second in the APC presidential Primaries beating a Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, if not for the intervention of God and Tinubu he could have defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential primaries of the APC on December 4th at lagos state, founder of Northwest university, kano university of science and technology, Niger/Nigeria Bilinqual College, Governors College, paying of workers salary before the 25th of each month, a defender of Northern Nigeria during his change of words with National Population Commission Chairman Festus Odimegwu, Patience Jonathan at a time she referred to Northerners as beggers(Almajirai), the person who led to the total collapse of PDP, he led the G5 governors to APC, sending of more tha 3000 students for their first and second degrees abroad, he employed more than 7000 workers in kano, and a lot of projects that are too numerous to mention. with these political history how on earth will you call a man with such political record a local champion? It sounds laughable!
For Dino Melaye, Senator Kwankwaso cannot join issues with you as a former suspended floor member of the 6th House of Representatives, a master of ceremony(MC) at Kwankwaso’s presidential bid declaration in Abuja, he was even addressing Senator Kwankwaso as Mr President when he wants to handover the micro phone to him, is this not a shame to join issue with a man of this calibre? a friend of the leader of APC in your state Prince Abubakar Audu, your master and Oga at the top in the politics of your state? I advise Melaye to desist from joining issues with your seniors, Melaye a spokesman of the like minds, how do they become the like minds; is it in corrupt practices or what? Stop that Kwankwaso is not your mate! people like you are the real local champions.
For the unity forum, I advice you to as a matter of urgency refer this matter to a court of law so that the right judgement will be given. Saraki should as a matter of reconciliation for peaceful coexistance of APC and its members, for the maintainance of his position as senate president should seek audience with President Muhammadu Buhari, APC National working committee, National Leaders of the party especially Chief Bola Tinubu so that this crises bediveiling in the party will come to an end not wasting his time seeking the intervention of a former PDP Board of Trustees Chairman Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. His recent visit to the Former President puts me doubt in my mind that a hidden agenda is on the ground. Failure to seek audience and give respect to the people I made mentioned of will tell Nigerians that Saraki has conieve and is in good alliance with the people that destroy this country economically, politically and socially for the past 16 years. People that Nigerians stands under the sun to change, For us to believe he has no a hidden agenda and is not in alliance with the PDP for a hidden reason, he should therefore help the 60 APC members and other opposition party members in the senate making 2/3 to impeach Senator Ike Ekweremadu a true advocate and promoter of sex marriage if not you have an agenda of making damage to government of Muhammadu Buhari.
May God Save Us From Us!
Comrade Adnan Mukhtar Adam is a Public Affairs commentator, He is the Deputy Speaker Students Representative Assembly(SRA) Northwest University, kano.
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Deputy Speaker Students Consultative Council(SCC) Northwest University, kano