Ganduje warns against sacking Oshiomole over bribe allegations

Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Kano state governor has warned against calls for sacking National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomole, saying the party cannot afford crisis when elections are around the corner.

Ganduje who made the remarks during a stakeholders’ meeting of APC members in the state, said the party should instead put all hands on deck to “recapture power”.

DAILYFOCUS reports that some top party chieftains have called for the resignation of Oshiomole over claims he had received bribes totalling $55 million dollars to influence results of primary elections of the party across the country.

Ganduje, himself facing allegations of collecting bribes amounting to $5 million dollars from contractors, said APC must try to extend its victory beyond state’s under its control.

“When some people were saying our National Chairman should be sacked, we said NO. That is not what we need now. We should concentrate on victory.¬†the fundamental concern of the party members should always be and remain, how to recapture power in the forthcoming general election. Ours should be that as well as strategising ways to expand our victory to other places beyond the states we are controlling now,” he said.

“We must understand that there is no time for crisis within our fold. All we need to do, is to try as much as we can to manage whatever crisis we may have and collectively face the general elections,” the governor advised.

Similarly, the governor urged tolerance among party members especially those that lost primary elections in the party.

“Tolerance should always be seen to be promoted within us. Partisanship without tolerance is both harmful and anti-progress,” he said.

“When we contested to become gubernatorial flag bearer of the PDP then, in 1998, it was very clear that I was leading, but the table was turned. And I was consoled to be the running mate. That time I told (Rabiu) Kwankwaso to his face that, he was not doing any favour to me for being his running mate. Only that I was toeing to the request by the elders. This is tolerance. Here I am before you in more than 15 years later,” Ganduje recalled.

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