Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State has raised the alarm that a reenactment of the political crisis that plunged the nation into crisis in 1993 is looming, Headlinenews.news reports.
He alleged that elements of the annulled June 12, 1993 presidential election are regrouping and dangerously masquerading in the prevailing crisis generated by the naira notes swap policy and fuel scarcity to scuttle Nigeria’s democracy which came into being on May 29, 1999.
The election was won by the late Aare Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola but was annulled by the then Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) on June 23, 1993.
Abiola was arrested by the late Head of State, General Sani Abacha, on June 11, 1994 and died in detention during the regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar on July 7, 1998.
Ganduje alleged that the group’s latest attempt at that was camouflaging in unknown political parties through the use of legal instruments to further impose the cash policy that is taking its toll on the masses in the country.
Reacting to an interim injunction issued by a Federal High Court in Abuja, stopping the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from extending the 10-day deadline set for the currency swap, the governor noted that the unknown political parties are also allegedly colluding with the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to execute their agenda.
He declared that the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are complicit with the CBN to deliberately thwart the nation’s hard-earned democracy by imposing harsh policies calculated to weaken the masses.
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said it was unfortunate that the CBN and its collaborators are insisting on the time frame for the old naira notes to cease to be legal tender.
Ganduje further decried the rigid insistence on the implementation of ‘these harsh, inhuman and insensitive cash policies’ to a point of neglecting their widespread rejection by the vast majority of Nigerians including the National Assembly and all governors.
He said: “It is an agenda to undermine the nation and scuttle a smooth transition to a freely and fairly elected successive administration”.