Rabiu Kwankwaso, Senator representing Kano Central at the Senate has said President Muhammadu Buhari does not have any idea on what is going on in the State.
The former governor of Kano State stated this in reaction to a statement credited to Mr Buhari wherein the latter accused the former of diverting the funds of the state to finance his political ambition.
Kwankwaso, while he held sway as governor of the state, was among governors of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who left for then opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) prior to 2015 election.
While at the then opposition party, the lawmaker contested the presidential primary of the APC and lost to Buhari.
On loosing, he supported the then presidential candidate of the now ruling party and delivered almost 2 million votes from his state to the APC. He played a vital role to enthrone the now incumbent governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
Messrs Kwankwaso and Ganduje are now political foes, one of which forced the former governor to return to the PDP from where he had left for the APC.
On return, he contested the presidential primary of the now opposition party and lost to the present presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar.
The president while speaking to Nigerian community in France earlier this month, alleged the lawmaker redirected funds meant for completion of projects in the state to fund his personal ambition.
“I compliment the governor for doing so much. He invited me, I went to Kano, the good projects started by Kwankwaso in education and healthcare, which is [where] a lot of emphasis should be made for ordinary Nigerians, the majority, poor Nigerians, Ganduje completed them,” Buhari had said.
“If it were another person, he could have left them to show them this is the project he started, he diverted the balance to go and contest for presidency, instead of completing it,” he added.
Reacting, Kwankwaso said the president was being misled as the projects being referred to were initiated and left behind by Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano, who has now joined APC.
“The president was misinformed, he has no idea about what is going on in Kano,” the lawmakers said while featuring on Aminchi FM, a radio station in Kano, on Tuesday.
“There is no project left behind by me that was completed by Ganduje. What he completed are the former Governor Shekarau’s uncompleted projects, not mine.
“I instructed my supporters not to react to that as there was no need because those informing the president lied to him,” Kwankwaso added.
Reacting to recent video clips showing Ganduje receiving wraps of dollars as alleged bribe from state contractors, the former governor said he had knowledge of the clip even before they were made public.
While describing the clips as an embarrassment to the state in general, Kwankwaso added that he pleaded with those who published the videos not to release them to the public but the plea fell on deaf ears.