The Kano State Government has described as mischievous attempts by some social media and online publications to lift a story from a purported phone conversation between Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje and Ibrahim Masari over the governor’s political relationship with the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu.
Meanwhile, according to the leaked audio, Ganduje was heard expressing his grouse about the meeting, stating that Tinubu was unfair to him for meeting with his rival Kwankwaso. Meanwhile, Masari, in the telephone conversation, urged Ganduje to keep calm and not to be angered by the situation at hand.
Masari said: “I share your pains. Even your enemy knows that he was not fair to you, but please remain calm until you come [to Abuja]. “He should have at least invited us for the meeting even if it was for symbolic purposes. And we even lost Kano because of him, the governor lamented. And one thing he [Tinubu] failed to understand is that power belongs to God. And these are very wrong calculations.”
Masari continued: “I spoke with Mr President earlier and I lamented to him about the issue. He (Tinubu) told me that it was SLS [Sanusi Lamido Sanusi] who arranged the meeting through [Gilbert] Chagoury (a Franco-Lebanese business tycoon and ally of Mr Tinubu). “And I asked whether you were informed before the meeting, he (Tinubu) said no. I will adequately brief you when we meet, you know phone calls are not safe. Just keep exhibiting your maturity by keeping mum.”
However, the state Commissioner for Information and Internal Affairs, Malam Muhammad Garba, said in a statement issued on Sunday that the exaggerated publicity on the purported audio clip was the handiwork of paid agents trying to unturn the so-called ‘conversation’ with a view to causing disaffection between the two political gladiators.
He explained that from all indications some people who are not comfortable with the existing long cordiality between Tinubu, Ganduje and Masari are bent on exploiting the situation to their advantage.
Garba also maintained that the governor and the president-elect have since realised this mischievous attempt to cause disaffection between them.
He warned that government would not allow this sound working relationship, which has been waxing stronger, particularly at this critical time, to be destroyed by some self-centred individuals.
The commissioner therefore called on members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the general public to disregard such an attempt, and remain calm and loyal to the party to ensure the successful inauguration of the president-elect.
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