Aminu Gwarzo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kano, has claimed that Bola Tinubu’s choice of Kano State as the venue of his 12th Colloquium is a political move.
Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), organised the colloquium in commemoration of his 69th birthday in Kano on Monday.
Speaking at the event, the APC leader said the choice of the northern state as the venue is to establish the fact that Fulanis and Yoruba can co-exist.
But Gwarzo, who was the deputy governorship candidate of the PDP in Kano in the 2019 election, said the move by the former Lagos governor was targeted at 2023 presidential election, according to Daily Trust.
There have been speculations that Tinubu has ambition to run as president, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
However, he has not publicly declare interest in the presidency.
He said the APC leader failed to show that he is a true statesman during the crisis in Sasa, Ibadan, Oyo State, when some northerners were killed.
“It (colloquium in Kano) has nothing to do with national cohesion and unity. When people were asked to stand up to be counted, he wasn’t there. So many things happened recently with the most recent one being the barbaric violence that erupted in Shasa, Ibadan,” Gwarzo was quoted as saying.
“Being a political leader of the South West, at least as far as APC is concerned, Tinubu should have asked for restraint and seen to be active in trying to quell the looming crisis.”
“As someone who is aspiring to be president of this country, Tinubu should have risen to that occasion and talked positively. You don’t just come and hold your colloquium here (Kano) and think that will be a panacea for national unity.
“As far as I am concerned, it is purely a political move, more about 2023. The APC government has failed and Tinubu is not saying anything. So many lives are being lost on a daily basis, not only in the South West.”