Ganduje Criticizes Kwankwaso’s Presidential Ambitions
“APC’s National Chairman Dr. Ganduje Welcomes Senator Jika, Criticizes Kwankwaso’s Presidential Ambitions”
In a significant political development at the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the ruling party, extended a warm welcome to Senator Haliru Jika, Bauchi State’s New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) gubernatorial candidate in the 2023 election, as he formally returned to the APC. During this event, Dr. Ganduje did not mince words in his critique of Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the NNPP.
Ganduje, a prominent figure in the APC, took the opportunity to label Kwankwaso as a “professional contestant” and a “serial loser” in presidential elections. He characterized Kwankwaso’s political pursuits as driven by personal interests rather than national interests, suggesting that this self-centered approach has consistently hindered Kwankwaso’s presidential ambitions.
The APC National Chairman praised Senator Jika’s decision to return to the party fold, viewing it as a positive step. He expressed his belief that Jika must have come to realize that the NNPP, backed by the “Kwankwasiyya” group, was “deceitful and exploitative.”
Ganduje emphasized the progressive and focused nature of the APC, contrasting it with the NNPP’s perceived deviation from its original principles under the influence of the Kwankwasiya group. He also recounted Kwankwaso’s political journey, highlighting his multiple party switches and unsuccessful presidential bids.
The symbolic moment of the event occurred when Dr. Ganduje removed Senator Jika’s red cap, symbolizing his departure from the Kwankwasiya group, and replaced it with the unbroken chain insignia cap of President Bola Tinubu. This gesture signified Jika’s official embrace into the APC.
In his remarks to the media after the event, Senator Jika clarified that his decision to leave the NNPP for the APC was primarily influenced by the interests of Bauchi State. He also acknowledged the roles played by Vice President Kashim Shettima and Sen. Remi Tinubu in his decision to return to the APC.
Senator Jika concluded by pledging his loyalty to the APC and his commitment to ensuring the party’s success at both the state and federal levels in the 2027 elections.
This development marks a significant political shift in Bauchi State and reflects the ongoing efforts by the APC to reposition itself ahead of the 2027 polls, aiming for a more robust performance than in the recent general elections.