In a surprising turn of events, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje, has extended an intriguing invitation to Rabiu Kwankwaso, the potential 2023 presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP). During a spirited address to APC supporters in Kano, Ganduje boldly proclaimed that he would assume the role of a “grandfather” to Kwankwaso should he decide to make the pivotal move to join the ruling party.
Ganduje’s rhetoric was laced with a mix of confidence and assertion as he emphasized the hierarchical dynamics within the APC. “If you are an APC membership card holder, you are a subordinate and follower of the national leader,” he declared, underlining the perceived power structure within the party. The seasoned politician further emphasized the notion of belonging and allegiance, stating, “If you defect to APC today, you are our subordinate and follower. It is important for you to note this; a child of the household and a stranger are all under the care of the head of the house.”
Employing vivid imagery, Ganduje painted a picture of authority and influence, asserting his dominance within the political landscape. “One who has what to offer is the one who welcomes others. One that doesn’t have anything to offer is the one looking for where to enter,” he proclaimed, weaving a narrative of power and control. His words resonated with a tone of assurance and command as he sought to solidify his position within the party and the region. “36 states and Abuja wherever I go I am the King, I am the Sheikh, I am Modibbo, I am Alanguburo. So, same thing here at home,” Ganduje declared, reinforcing his stature and influence in the political arena.
In a move that could be perceived as both audacious and strategic, Ganduje issued a direct call to the NNPP, employing a metaphorical language to convey his message. “We are calling on the NNPP to pack those perishable fruits where they will be preserved in a fridge so that they will not ‘get spoiled’ or rotten,” he urged, employing a metaphor to symbolize the preservation of political assets and potential alliances.
However, the most intriguing aspect of Ganduje’s address was his symbolic gesture towards Kwankwaso. “As I told you people, whoever you are and your status in the party even if you are ‘Jagora’ (leader) once you come to APC then your grandfather is here!” he proclaimed, effectively extending an open invitation to his long-time political rival.
The reference to “Jagora,” a term used by Kwankwasiyya members to address Kwankwaso in Kano and other parts of the country, added a layer of complexity to the unfolding political drama. The use of this term underscored the deep-rooted history and rivalry between the two political figures, further intensifying the significance of Ganduje’s provocative invitation.
Amidst this political spectacle, reports have surfaced suggesting that President Bola Tinubu is actively working towards reconciling Ganduje and Kwankwaso, potentially laying the groundwork for the 2027 presidential election. This behind-the-scenes maneuvering adds an element of intrigue and anticipation to the unfolding narrative, hinting at the intricate web of alliances and ambitions that characterize Nigerian politics.
The unfolding drama between Ganduje and Kwankwaso has set the stage for a compelling political narrative, replete with power dynamics, historical rivalries, and strategic maneuvering. As the political landscape continues to evolve, the nation watches with bated breath, eager to witness the next chapter in this captivating saga.