Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reacted to a viral image on social media showing him stepping on the poster of former Governor Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso at a rally in the state on Saturday.
In a statement on Sunday by the state Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, the governor said the action was unintentional and totally unpremeditated.
He said while the issue has been twisted and overblown by some individuals using the unfortunate incident to promote their political interests, it would become a big wound to the conscience if facts are misrepresented.
Garba added that no matter the political misunderstanding and differences, it has never been the character of Governor Ganduje to engage in any disrespectful act of belittling any political leader.
He stated during the APC rally which was organized as part of activities marking this year’s Democracy Day, two former gubernatorial candidates and many members of the Kwankwasiyya defected to the APC.
The commissioner further emphasised that Ganduje is known by many as peace-loving, tolerant, and habours no grudges to influence such an act.
He said: “When Governor Ganduje was called to the podium, the former Kwankwasiyya members lined up on the way to applaud and pay their allegiance to the governor.
“Some of the members who abandoned the Kwankwasiyya movement at the event, parenthetically, were down playing pictures of the former governor, one of which, dropped on the red carpet as Governor Ganduje walked his way to the podium, and unknowingly stepped on it”.