The leader of the Kwankwasiyya movement and former Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has confirmed he had a chance meeting with incumbent Kano Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
According to Kwankwaso, he was at the waiting room of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja when he was informed that Ganduje was also on his way to the airport.
The two leaders were later to board the same flight to Kano State.
Naija News reports Kwankwaso and Ganduje were close allies before and indeed Ganduje was Kwankwaso’s deputy during his first term in office as the Kano State Governor between 1999 and 2003.
However, the two Kano politicians fell out later on and currently belong to different political parties.
While Kwankwaso is a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ganduje is a stalwart of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a recent chat with BBC Hausa service where he spoke on his meeting at the airport with Ganduje, Kwankwaso revealed that they greeted themselves and each person went his way.
According to him, Islam does not allow them to ignore each other when they meet, adding that he believes God brought them together.
Kwankwaso noted that the Airport is a public space and nobody can stop the other from been there.
“I said it’s okay, God has brought us all together. The place is like a park or station. Nobody can ask someone to come or not to. So he came and we greeted each other,” Kwankwaso explained on his meeting with Ganduje at the Abuja airport.
“We boarded the same plane and landed at the Kano Airport. I sat on the front seat, so I came out first. I greeted his people and made my way, while he too took his own way home,” Kwankwaso added.
Kwankwaso said apart from greeting one another, they didn’t have any discussion.
“As Muslims, we don’t have to be in the same party to greet each other. So I greeted him and took my seat and he too took back his seat,” he said.