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Reckless Pointers To Political Suicide

Unfolding events in Kano following the reinstatement of His Royal Highness Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the 16th Emir of Kano on Thursday, May 23, 2024 by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf is, to say the least, very alarming.

The way and manner politics is being played, is not only recklessly insensitive to the dangers being posed to human lives in Kano, but frighteningly disgraceful and inconsiderate to whatever could be the choices of people of Kano State.

If anything, it is the kind of abrasive politics that can only be associated with military governments or leaders who come from military backgrounds.

That it is being championed by an APC-led Federal Government is very shocking. Given that APC is a party envisioned to be progressive, what could have been the objective of such a reckless show of power?

To protect the traditional institution and return the dethroned Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero back as Emir of Kano? How is that a progressive or even democratic mission worthy of risking the lives of thousands of citizens?

That the Federal Government is using its might because of the control it exercises over security agencies in a partisan manner to trample on the constitutional authority of the Kano State Government over traditional institutions highlights the crisis of impunity in the country.

Why President Bola Tinubu will approve such a reckless mission, which is incompatible with both the founding vision of the APC and every principle of democracy is worrisome.

If this had come from former President Olusegun Obasanjo or former President Muhammadu Buhari, given their military background, it would have been understandable. As a member of APC from the North-West, I am scandalised that my party has degenerated to a level below any democratic standards.

The only rationale so far is to restore the old abrasive politics of Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in Kano State by undermining the Kano State Government led by Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf. We must remind leaders, President Tinubu in particular; that the fundamental reason why APC lost Kano State to the NNPP was the reckless way Dr. Ganduje managed politics in the state.

The dethronement of Emir Sanusi in 2020 on account of the disagreement between Dr. Ganduje and the Emir was very unnecessary and unfortunate. For Dr. Ganduje to have descended on the Kano Emirate the way he did in 2020, only created the basis for politicising the Kano Emirate, which is now reducing the tenure of Emirs to correspond with the tenure of governors. Could the objective of the Federal Government’s intervention be to restore the revered status of Emirs?

How is that possible given the reality that, however, considered, the Kano State Government has the legitimate constitutional authority to manage affairs of traditional institutions? If as is being claimed that the directive of the Federal Government to security agencies is to enforce the court order stopping the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi, how is that going to be possible?

Except if the mission is to create lawlessness based on which we return to the old garrison politics of former President Obasanjo era when cheap political excuses are used to impose state of emergencies and remove sitting governors, it is very difficult to understand the possible mission of the Federal Government in Kano State with respect to the unfolding politics around the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi. As things are, the action of the Federal Government in Kano State can only lead to further destruction of the APC in the state and by extension in the whole North.

Let no one be deceived, already the APC has been weakened both in Kano and the whole North by several factors, the most important of them is the fact that we have not lived up to our campaign promises to Nigerians since 2015.

Unfortunately, given the way we have rolled out policies that have crashed the standard of living of citizens under the current administration of Tinubu, the support base of the APC in

The mere fact that we are retaining Dr. Ganduje as National Chairman of the APC with all his baggage and poor record of performance since his assumption of office suggests that, as a party, we are in denial of all the challenges facing us

the North has further shrunk. Perhaps, President Tinubu and all those behind the reckless attempt to trample on the constitutional authority of the Kano State Government should be reminded about the fact of our poor electoral performance in Kano State and the North-West during the 2023 presidential election.

In 2015, APC won 89% of the votes in Kano State with 1,903,999 as compared with PDP’s 10% or 215,779 votes. In 2019, APC votes in Kano State reduced to 77.5% or 1,464,768, but PDP’s votes increased to 20.7% or 391,593. In 2023, APC’s votes in Kano State for the presidential election reduced to 517,341, PDP got 131,716, while NNPP got 997,279 votes.

For the seven states in the North-West, although President Tinubu won a majority of votes in the region with 2,652,235 across the seven states as compared to PDP’s 2,329,540, this sharply contrasted with the votes the APC got in 2015 and 2019 of 7,115,199 and 5,995,651 respectively as compared with PDP’s votes of 1,339,709 and 2,280,465.

This means APC got less than 30% of the votes it had in 2015 and less than 50% of the votes it got in 2019 during the 2023 presidential election.

With such reality, our leaders should be more interested in making amends by reorganising the party in the region and make it more attractive to citizens, if we want to return to the old electoral glory of enjoying the mass support of citizens from the North-West.

From all indications, given the response of the Federal Government to the politics being played out in Kano State around the reinstatement of Emir Sanusi, the question of reorganising the APC to make it popular in the North-West is not being considered.

In fact, the mere fact that we are retaining Dr. Ganduje as National Chairman of the APC with all his baggage and poor record of performance since his assumption of office suggests that, as a party, we are in denial of all the challenges facing us.

With such denial, President Tinubu risks being considered as a leader who may have already conceded his election for a second term within one year of his first term tenure.

Why should this be so? Many of us in APC who fought for the emergence and victory of Asiwaju Tinubu with the firm belief that being a dedicated democrat and progressive politician who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to the growth and development of democracy in Nigeria, he will make a fundamental difference in terms of providing what could be estimated to be a more responsive and representative leadership, the last one year since his emergence as President of the Federal Republic is like a nightmare.

To be candid, it is depressing that both the APC as a political party and its governments, especially at federal level, but also in many states controlled by the party have not lived up to the expectation of being responsive and representative governments.

With party organs not meeting as provided by the APC constitution, capacity of leaders and members of the party to intervene and influence changes in the direction of returning the party to its founding vision of emerging as a progressive party has been weakened if not eroded.

Given such circumstances, party leaders and members are reduced to being distant observers. It is quite troubling that an elected government under the leadership of President Tinubu will be deaf and dumb and insulate itself from all the appeals of party members and leaders regarding the situation facing the party.

This was exactly the kind of situation, which confronted late Chief MKO Abiola after the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election that made him lament about how his efforts to engage military leaders in dialogue to reclaim his mandate were ignored by the military regime of late Gen. Sani Abacha.

The military leaders “remained like stones, neither stirred to show loyalty to the collective decision of the people of their own country, nor to observe Allah’s injunction that they should exhibit justice and fair play in all their dealings with their fellow men.”

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