2015: Mohammed Abacha To Contest For Governor In Kano State

Mohammed, the son of late head of state, General Sani Abacha who was on Wednesday freed of the 100 billion stolen funds lawsuit against him is set to run for Kano state Governor in the 2015 elections.

It would be recalled that Mohammed who defected to the ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party in 2013 said PDP is the right party for him in the current dispensation is now set to join forces with pro Jonathan supporters and win back Kano State for Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

According to competent sources told Vanguard that Mohammed's Wednesday's withdrawal of the N446.3 billion money laundering charge against him was aimed at giving him a clean bill to be able to run as PDP gubernatorial candidate in the next election.

A close associate of the family admitted, yesterday, that the Abachas were very excited about the withdrawal of the case against Mohammed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, and that he would likely proceed with his gubernatorial campaign programme.

Some well wishers were also said to have stopped by on Wednesday and yesterday to congratulate Abacha and sympathise with him over his lingering trial by the government.

A top source in Kano explained, yesterday, that the Presidency, which considers Mohammed Abacha as one of the most influential young politicians in Kano, had primed him to challenge the rising political clout of Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso and secure victory for PDP in 2015.

The Presidency, it was further learnt, believes that it was the solid political structure put in place by Mohammed Abacha that secured victory for Kwankwaso, who defected to APC last year and the PDP are willing to take over Governor Kwankwaso who has the intention to run for second term in the elections on APC's platform.

However, Kwankwaso is said to facing severe opposition from the Presidency particularly, after allegedly appointing the former Central bank of Nigeria, CBN's Governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, as Emir of Kano, against the wish of the Presidency and his party, which reportedly preferred a different person. It would be recalled that kwankwaso last week said: "Hold Jonathan responsible for whatever happens to me, my family or even the people of Kano."

Meanwhile in preparation of Abacha's takeover in Kano state, colourful and intimidating campaign posters have been placed by the side of the Kano State PDP Secretariat along New Court Road, Jedi Jedi Quarters of Kano metropolis in addition to opening of his campaign office along Audu Bako Way, also in the city.

A Kano politician described Mohammed Abacha as someone who enjoys a very "smooth rela-tionship and support of the youths of the town" and also has a deep understanding of the politics of the state.

The politician said: "Let me tell you, the junior Abacha enjoys the support of the people and also has a good working relationship with Shekarau."

It would be recalled that on January 17, 2014, the Supreme Court ordered that Mohammed Abacha be returned to an Abuja High Court and face his trial and was charged with a 123 count criminal charges by the Federal Government of Nigeria, wherein he was alleged to be in possession of stolen properties belonging to the Federal Government.

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