Former governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has cleared the air over his recent meeting with the present governor of the state Dr Abdullahi Umar Gnaduje, who accompanied the latter to his house after attending funeral prayers at the emir’s palace.
There is controversy ongoing in the political atmosphere of the state after Governor Ganduje accompanied Shekarau to his house on Friday after both leaders attended the funeral prayers of the state renowned contractor Alhaji Sani Dahiru Yakasai (SDY) on Friday.
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Many people and political analysts described the incident as political, with some saying that the former governor (Shekarau) may likely direct his followers to vote for the All Progressive Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in the coming Saturday’s poll.
However, in an interview with Radio France International (rfi), Shekarau who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and one of the directors of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council in the just concluded presidential election, described the meeting as accidental and not for political reasons.
He said there is cordial relation between himself and other leaders of the state, adding that they often meet with many leaders including Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigerian People Party (NNPP).
“Honestly we meet because of the death of our common friend, Alhaji Sani Dahiru Yakasai. We met at the funeral prayers which were held at the emir’s palace. Immediately after the prayers, we moved to the graveyards mourning the death together in his own car. After burying the corpse, the governor held my hand and said he must finish what he has started, that is to take me back to my house.
“So I thanked him and we moved together to my house. There is nothing like politics here. It was just an accident. We don’t have any serious grudges, we respect each other. Just like Kwankwaso we often meet at airports we greet, we laugh at each other,” he said.
On whether they meet with the governor behind closed doors, Shekarau said “Oh do you want us to leave the door open while we are discussing with him? We didn’t discuss anything political. We were just discussing the death of this man and how our lives should be.”
He said his door is open for discussion with anybody that comes to him, adding that he will never close his door for any politician that comes around to discuss issues of the progress of the state.