Presidency wades into Ganduje, Kwankwaso face-off

Ahead of the controversial visit to Kano by Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso on Tuesday, the Presidency on Monday summoned Governor Abdullahi Ganduje and the senator to avert breakdown of law and order in Kano State.
The governor, accompanied by two serving senators and two members of the House of Representatives from the state, met with the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari at the Presidential Villa.
Mr. Ganduje, however, declined to speak to State House correspondents after the closed-door meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Senator Kwankwaso is also expected to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, today, over the matter.
The Kano State Police Command had advised Mr. Kwankwaso against embarking on the visit due to the tension it has generated.
The police fear it might lead to breakdown of law and order.
The State Police Commissioner, Rabiu Yusuf, had on January 27 advised Mr. Kwankwaso to shelve the visit, saying security report indicated that controversial visit might lead to political unrest.
Mr. Yusuf also warned that the law would be allowed to take its full course in the event the controversial visit result in violent clash in the state.
However, Mr. Kwankwaso, who spoke through his spokesperson, Binta Sipikin, vowed to go ahead with the visit in spite of police advice
She said: “We are coming to visit friends, families and other relatives that for a long time, we have not seen. We have coordinated this visit with seven camera drones and other apparatus that would make it a hitch free home coming.’’

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