Kano state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has said he will not contest the 2019 presidential election, despite pressure from his supporters to run, because he is contented being the governor of his state
Governor Ganduje, who spoke over the weekend during the closing ceremony of a 3-day retreat for Kano State APC’s officials and stakeholders in Sokoto, said his decision not to contest the presidential election was based on the experiences of his predecessors.
“People are telling me to go for the presidency after finishing my tenure. But I am telling them ‘no’. I am contented being a governor of my state. I don’t want to pass there to avoid the mistakes of my predecessors.”
The governor refers to former Governor Ibrahim Shekarau, who contested the 2011 presidential election on the platform of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and his former boss, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, who also contested the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2014 but lost to then General Muhammadu Buhari (retd).
Ganduje said his immediate focus was to deliver on his electoral promises to the people of Kano State.
“The first one contested but failed woefully. Another one made a similar attempt but was knocked down along the line. My prayer always is to complete my tenure successfully and deliver on the mandate given to me by the electorate.”
Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, also said he would not anoint anybody as his successor, promising to show fairness to all aspirants.
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The state APC acting chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas Sanusi, cautioned all elected and appointed officers against shunning their people because it was capable of portraying the party in bad light.