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Kwankwaso: Anything Can Happen in 2015 If PDP Crisis Persists

 Gov Rabiu KwakwansoGovernor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State has expressed fears that if the current political trend continues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), only God knows what will happen in 2015.
He was of the opinion that lack of listening ears and other undemocratic activities by the party’s leadership were some of the major problems bedevilling the party.
 
This came as the state Commissioner of Education, Barrister Farouk Iya Sambo Wednesday resigned from his position because he does not want to crossover to the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the ruling People Democratic Party (PDP).
 
Kwankwanso while receiving the Chairman, Senate Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and leader of the joint committee of the National Assembly on MDGs Senator Ali Muhammad Ndume, to Kano, at the Government House in Kano yesterday, Kwankwaso said what happened last week, when the police asked five out of the G7 governors to disperse from a meeting in Abuja was unconstitutional.
 
Narrating how the meeting involving five serving governors and senators was disrupted in his sitting room at  Kano Governor’s Lodge, Aminu Kano House, Asokoro, Abuja, the governor revealed that while the meeting was in progress, a police DPO suddenly appeared, asking the participants to disperse, on orders from above.
 
“We were discussing in my sitting room when the DPO came in and asked us to disband. Such has never happened during military era,” the governor said.
Consequently, he said their meeting on that day was to make them prepare for an unscheduled invitation from the presidency.
 
Kwankwaso said: “We were discussing on how to approach Mr. President and come up with a stand when invited, but this meeting was disrupted by a DPO. We didn’t offend anybody but like criminals, a DPO was sent to disrupt our meeting”.
 
Meanwhile, the commissioner tendered his resignation letter on November 1 to the governor, reaffirming his position to remain in the PDP, according to reliably source at Government House.
Farouk Iya was the former chairman of the PDP in the state and also one time Speaker of the state House of Assembly during the second republic.
 
He is a professional lawyer by  profession and associate of the former governor of the old Kano State, the late Muhammadu Abubakar Rimi, who parted way with him and joined Kwankwaso camp.
 
Sources told THISDAY in Kano that the commissioner attended the council meeting yesterday which lasted for about eight hours at Government House.
 
THISDAY in Kano learnt that Kwankwaso yesterday  presented three names to the state House of assembly for confirmation as Commissioner and Local Government Interim Management Officers (IMOs).
 
Source at the state House of Assembly spoke under anonymity that Alhaji Tajuddeen Gambo was nominated to replace the state commissioner of education, Alhaji Faruk Iya who have resigned his appointment.
 
The speaker of the state house of Assembly, Honourable Gambo Sallau announced the list of the nominees during the sitting of the house, adding that Governor Kwankwaso sent the list of the nominees for confirmation by the legislators for appointment into the state executive council and as Interim management officers (IMOs).
 
He said the nominees would appear before the House on Tuesday next week for screening and urged the legislators to attend the screening exercise.
 

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