Story from Saleh INUWA, Kano
Kano State Government has denied a story attributed to the first lady, Professor Hafsat Abdullahi Umar Ganduje in which she was reported to have endorsed Murtala Sule Garo, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs as successor to her husband come 2023.
In a statement made available to the press in Kano, the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba explained that the Governor’s wife was quoted out of context by the media and the report was given wide publicity.
In the said video where she made the statement, the first lady was only impressed by the Commissioner’s performance, who she fondly called “commander”, and for his support for the policies and programmes of Governor Ganduje and his administration.
“Just as she commended Murtala Sule Garo for his performance, her Excellency has also been consistent in commending other commissioners and public officers who performed wonderfully well in discharging their duties,” he noted.
Malam Garba pointed out that the content of the video of her speech was twisted by making a fictitious story out of it and given much publicity by people bent on creating confusion and unnecessary tension so as to create division in the party in Kano State. He called on their supporters to exercise patience because the democratic process will be followed.
The commissioner concluded by saying that the Ganduje administration is focused on the completion and implementation of key policies and programs before the year 2023 and people should disregard the rumour that a governorship candidate of APC has already been chosen in Kano State.