The two have been involved in long-term public and private discussions about government and party issues.
Kaduna Governor Nasir El-Rufai accused his Kano state counterpart Abdullahi Ganduje of instigating the head of the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) to disrupt economic activities in Kaduna state.
NLC and its affiliated unions shut down major economic activities in Kaduna earlier this week after the Kaduna state government sacked a series of civil servants, sparking tensions between union leaders and Mr. El-Rufai.
MM. El-Rufai and Ganduje, belonging to the same political party, the APC, had a political feud for some time.
As the now suspended strike began on Monday, essential services such as electricity, banks, and markets were closed, due to NLC-led protesters along major arteries.
Mr. El-Rufai, who insists his government will not back down, announced that NLC chairman Ayuba Wabba was wanted for economic sabotage.
“Ayuba Wabba & others of NLC Headquarters declared wanted for economic sabotage & attacks on public infrastructure under Miscellaneous Offences Act. Anyone that knows where he is hiding should send a message to the Ministry of Justice, Kaduna State Government. There will be a handsome reward!” The governor posted on Twitter.
Protests took a deplorable turn on Tuesday when thugs attacking and stoning protesters gathered at the NEPA roundabout in the capital, Kaduna.
Mr. Wabba accused the governor of the state of throwing stones and weapons by thugs at the demonstrators.
“Today is a very sad moment in the history of democracy in Nigeria. Early in the morning today, we got credible information that El-Rufai has hired one Alhaji Hassan and some thugs to come and attack us.
“While we are here, they came but thank God we have chased them away because we have the number. We are not thugs and we are not using thugs, we are Nigerian workers,” Mr. Wabba told Channels Television.
However, in the audio obtained by Peoples Gazette, Mr. El-Rufai confirmed the chairman’s claim of sending thugs, stating that he thought they would have been able to neutralize the protesters.
“Nobody wants to confront the union. I’m the only bad politician in Nigeria, this whole thing is being financed by Ganduje. They came from Kano. When they got to Kano, they got paid and they came here,” the governor said.
Although it is unclear why Mr. El-Rufai accused Mr. Ganduje of funding the protest, the duo has been engaged in longstanding public and private spar over party and governance issues.
Mr. Ganduje’s hobnobs with the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, whom Mr. El-Rufai has publicly derided on a few occasions.
Mr. El-Rufai also crossed Mr. Ganduje over the dethronement of his friend, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi as the Emir of Kano.
The deposed emir was rescued by Mr. El-Rufai from Awe, a town in the backwaters of Nasarawa State where he was banished by the Kano State Government.
Mr. El-Rufai then swiftly appointed Mr. Sanusi as Chancellor of the state’s university just after he also tapped him into the board of Kaduna Investment and Promotions Agency (KADIPA), a move seen as a slight on Mr. Ganduje.
The governors have also engaged in public spar over insecurity and
deportation of Almajiris due to COVID-19 between the two neighboring states.
SOURCE: Peoples Gazette