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Nigeria: Kwankwaso, Shekarau Clash Over Planned Public Procession

Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso has warned his predecessor, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau to desist from holding procession in the state, saying that the act is totally unacceptable by his administration.

Kwankwaso said he will not tolerate the unlawful gathering and procession by the former governor, adding that 'if he allows him and his supporters to continue with unlawful gathering, this means that there may be possibility of causing instability in the state.

Speaking in a Hausa phone- in Radio programme hall Radio Nigeria Kaduna 'Hannu da Yawa' monitored by THISDAY in Kano on Saturday, Kwankwaso lamented that Shekarau has been going round the state in a massive convoy of his ANPP supporters on a mission which is yet to be known, while already palpable tension has pervaded the ancient city as a result of the procession which many considered as direct attack on the government of the PDP.

Kwankwaso reminded his predecessor that when he was defeated in the last 2003 elections which was clearly manipulated against him, he did not only go and congratulated him, he left the city entirely for five years, despite the fact that he was a minister of defence and he had all the military at his disposal to use and do whatever he so whished, but stayed clear of the state for them to have ample time to do what they wanted.

He said, 'when I left office in 2003, I went and congratulated Shekarau and quickly left town for over five years and I did not return till after election period, I stayed away for about 15 different festivities of Sallah celebrations, but today the same person after losing woefully he thinks he will create and operate two governors in the state, we will not hesitate to use law and deal with him."

Kwankwaso noted that what Shekarau is doing does not in any way portray him as a gentleman; it shows that he is a desperado who misuses power in the last eight years and now he want to create an impressions that he is still in control, 'he should know that there is only one government and that is our government and if he continues with his action, he will be dealt with decisively and without delay'.

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