Nigeria 2023: Will Kano’s APC crises derail Tinubu’s presidential push?

By Dammy Matthew
Posted on Monday, 14 November 2022 10:25, updated on Wednesday, 23 November 2022 12:32

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje
Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje (photo: Twitter)

In the last two election cycles, Kano State has produced the largest number of votes for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, has thus invested time and money in Lagos and Kano which he sees as the launch pad for his electoral victory. But a crack within the ranks of the APC in Kano now seems to have thrown a spanner in the works. 

In March 2015, Kano State set a nationwide record by delivering more than 1.9 million votes to General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, enabling him to defeat incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan.

The total vote count showed that Kano provided 12.5 per cent of Buhari’s 15.4 million votes. Further analysis showed if you deduct Buhari’s votes in Kano and Katsina from the total tally, he would have lost that election to Jonathan.