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Kano APC Crisis: Doguwa denies physical attack on Garo

L-R, Majority Leader, House of Representative, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and Kano APC Deputy Governorship candidate, Murtala Sulen Garo.

The Majority leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa has denied media reports that he attacked the Deputy Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Murtala Garo at a stakeholders’ meeting held in Kano.

Mr Ado-Doguwa, who is representing Tudunwada/Doguwa Federal Constituency in Kano state, refuted the allegation in a Press Conference held in Kano.

Social media reports alleged that the meeting, held at the residence of the Deputy Governor, Nasir Gawuna, was organised to review the successes and failures recorded during the state visit of the party’s Presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Mr Ado-Doguwa described as “fake news” trending reports on Social media platforms that he attacked Mr Garo, and said it was also “a misrepresentation of the truth”.

“I am a law-abiding citizen, a progressive and a team player and a traditional title-holder with respect for institutional democracy,” he insisted.

“As such, [I] would not go to the extent of perpetrating physical attack or inflicting injury on somebody.

“The media stories claimed that I attacked and got Garo injured in a meeting held at Yusuf Gawuna’s house, who is the incumbent Kano State Deputy Governor and also the Governorship candidate of our great party.

“Though I was not officially invited to the meeting, the State party Chairman, Abdulahi Abbas had invited me for brief, sideline talks with him on issues surrounding my Local Government, Doguwa. I made a statement, jokingly that the meeting was APC stakeholders meeting without the National Assembly’s caucus. Mr Garo got up and insulted me.

“While trying to attack me, a mug of tea fell off the table and broke into pieces. The shards of the broken glass cup hit Mr Garo’s hand and got him injured.

“I didn’t inflict any injury on him as reported by the media. As a traditional title holder, the Sarduana of Rano in my attire, I couldn’t have fought. I see Mr Garo as my brother.”

He said as a “loyal party man”, he would continue to “contribute to the growth of the APC and Nigeria at large”.

He also called on the Kano State Governor, Dr Umar Ganduje to quickly intervene and tackle some of the internal challenges facing the APC in the state, before next year’s General election.

Meanwhile, the deputy governorship candidate of the APC in Kano, Alhaji Garo has described the majority leader’s version of the event as “quite untrue”.

He said: “When he arrived, he asked the deputy governor why he was not invited to the meeting, and the deputy governor told him that members of the meeting were selected by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

“He alleged that some of my supporters had dismantled his banners durSulethe APC presidential candidate to kano, which I said I was not aware. Suddenly, he just picked up a cup of tea and stoned me with it,; his attitudes were unbecoming.”

Mr Garo appealed to APC members to remain calm and work together with the governor to ensure that the party wins the forthcoming Elections.

Reporting by Abdullahi Jalaluddeen; Editing by Fany Olumoye, Abdullahi Lamino and Tony Okerafor