Kwankwaso’s Allegation on Jonathan: APC, PDP Reps Members Disagree
The Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress lawmakers in the House of Representatives disagreed on Thursday over the allegation by Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso that President Goodluck Jonathan was behind the crisis that followed the appointment of Mallam Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.
Kwankwaso, who also said Jonathan had no business in the appointment of Sanusi as an emir, said it was worrisome that he (President) was meddling in the affairs of Kano State.
The governor had spoken during an interview with a cross-section of journalists on Tuesday. Excerpt of the interview was posted on the Twitter handle of Kwankwaso and the Facebook page of his Director of Press and Public Realations, Baba Dantiye.
Kwankwaso had called on Nigerians and the international community to hold Jonathan liable if anything ontoward happened to him, his family and the people of his state.
“I have told my friends, and people of Kano, other Nigerians and indeed the international community to hold Jonathan responsible for whatever happens to Kwankwaso, his family or even the people of Kano State,” he had stated on Wednesday.
But, while the PDP caucus in the House said the governor was “playing politics” by making such an allegation, the APC caucus argued that the governor’s allegation called for an investigation.
The leaders of the caucuses spoke exclusively in separate telephone interviews with The PUNCH in Abuja.
The Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Leo Ogor, who spoke on behalf of the PDP caucus, described Kwankwaso’s allegation as “wild and without proof.”
Ogor noted that it was unfair of the governor to make such an “unsubstantiated allegation” in an already heated political environment.
He added, “There is nothing the PDP-led Federal Government has done to show that it is responsible for any crisis in Kano.
“He who alleges must prove. Let him bring his proof to the public and substantiate the allegation.
“This attempt to play politics with every issue just to score cheap political points is unnecessary.
According to him, were Kwankwaso to have facts, he should have gone to the police and other security agencies to make a report.
“If he has facts, let him got to the police and other security agencies to make his case. It is the responsibility of the security agencies to take it up from there,” Ogor added.
However, the Minority Leader of the House and APC caucus leader, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, disputed Ogor’s position that the APC governor was merely playing politics.
Gbajabiamila argued that anybody raising such an allegation as did Kwankwaso must have gathered substantial evidence.
Rather than dismissing the allegation as political, he advised the PDP-led government to investigate it.
Gbajabiamila said, “Any allegation that insinuates death threat must be taken seriously.
“It is even more serious when the allegation is against the Presidency.
“We recall that former President Obasanjo once told the nation that this administration had some persons marked for death.
“This allegation by the Kano governor is something similar to what Obasanjo raised; so, it is not political at all.
“I am not saying that it is true (allegation), but it should be taken very seriously.
“I want to give the Presidency the benefit of the doubt and only hope that the allegation is not correct.
“I have not known Kwankwaso to make frivolous statements before; it is a reason to take his allegation seriously.”
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