DAILY GIST has obtained a video showing the moment the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abdullahi Ganduje and his wife were mocking Maryam Shetty after President Bola Tinubu revoked her appointment as Minister.
In the video clip, Ganduje and Hafsat were seen laughing with the new ministerial nominee, Mariya Bunkure, who replaced Shetty.
In what seems to be a thank you visit to Ganduje and family, a woman whose face was not captured could be heard saying in Hausa language that “the head has now fit the cap”.
When we heard that they brought one Maryam, Maryam who?”, to which another voice replied “Shetty”.
At this point, Bunkure, Hafsat Ganduje (popularly referred to as Gwaggo) and Ganduje could all be seen laughing.
“I said who is Shetty? We were confused, I said from where is she from? They said Kano,” the first speaker continued.
In the second video, Ganduje, who was apparently responding could be heard saying “I want them to call out Gwaggo again. They have opened a new chapter of ignorance. We are thankful this one (referring to Bunkure) has joined the caucus.”
Bunkure is a former commissioner for Higher Education during Ganduje’s second term as Kano state governor.
She is also a close associate to the Ganduje family being a friend to Amina, one of Ganduje’s daughter, who was believed to have influenced her nomination as commissioner.
Shetty and Bunkure were classmates at Kano Foundation and Bayero University.
Speaking on the development, Shetty said she is grateful to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for considering her a ministerial nominee in the first place.
She also maintained that her withdrawal does not end her aspirations but has given her hope.
In a statement she issued on Saturday, she said, “I have found myself at the centre of a pivotal moment in Nigeria’s political landscape. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a move that brought me immense honour, chose me as a ministerial
Coming from the traditional, conservative regions of northern Nigeria, this represented a significant stride towards a more inclusive national representation.
She posited, “The sheer joy and pride I felt at my nomination were beyond words. It was a validation of my capabilities, a nod to my vision, and a sign that our great nation was ready to embrace a future where young women like me, even from the most traditional parts of Nigeria, can hold positions of influence and power.
“Yet, life, with its characteristic unpredictability, led to the withdrawal of my nomination. To some, this could seem like a setback, but my faith as a devout Muslim guided my understanding.
I saw it as the divine will of Allah, who I believe grants power as He wishes when He wishes. His plans are always superior to ours.
“Even with this unexpected twist, my gratitude to President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for considering me for such an esteemed position remains undiminished.
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