Sunday, 25 September 2011
Top Arewa leaders, on Saturday, converged on Kano for the wedding of the son of General Aliu Gusau to the daughter of Third Republic presidential candidate, Alhaji Bashir Tofa.
The marriage, billed to be low key, turned out to be a political gathering with top political leaders from government and outside government converging on the Gandu Quarters of the Tofas for the event.
Former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, was reported to have been father of the day, while Vice President Namadi Sambo and many state governors were also in attendance.
Sunday Tribune learnt that the event, though a social one, was exploited by pro-government officials to seek active support of core Northern leaders for the Federal Government’s efforts to tackle the ongoing security challenges.
Sambo was reported to have been locked in deep discussions with General Babangida, while General Gusau, said to be sympathetic to President Goodluck Jonathan, equally joined in on several occasions.
A close ally of General Gusau told Sunday Tribune that “the event is a good reunion in the face of current challenges. General Gusau met many old friends. I cannot deny that politics was discussed. The state of the nation demands the attention of everybody.
“It was not planned like that (flamboyant), but the issue is that many saw it as a forum to have a second look at the state of the nation.”
It was learnt that Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, a close friend of President Jonathan, was also present at the event alongside the governors of Nassarawa and other states.