Amidst the ongoing speculations about the possibility that the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, will step down ahead of the next elections, he has now come out to debunk the speculations.
He asserted that on no account will he be stepping down for the candidate of another party before the 2023 elections.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that, over the last few weeks, there have been several speculations that the former Kano State Governor would step down for either the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, or the flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu.
However, speaking through his campaign spokesperson, Mr. Ladipo Johnson, the NNPP candidate maintained that he is contesting to win.
In a statement which was obtained by Africa Daily News, New York yesterday, Johnson said: ‘Kwankwaso is in the race to win.’
According to him, Kwankwaso has all it takes to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2023 presidential election.
He said, ‘I do not know how people come up with these assertions and speculations. Kwankwaso cannot and will not step down for any candidate.
‘Kwankwaso is not in the race to negotiate. He has the capacity, track record for competence and the political will to lead Nigeria to greater heights’.
In another report, a former Minister of Works and an ardent supporter of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s presidential bid, Senator Dayo Adeyeye has come out to claim that the present division in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has done serious damage to the chances of its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in the 2023 presidential poll.
Adeyeye, who is National Chairman of South-west Agenda for Asiwaju 2023 Presidency (SWAGA), said the emergence of Peter Obi and Rabiu Kwankawaso as presidential candidates of Labour Party (LP) and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), respectively, had further dented Atiku’s votes and narrowed his winning chances.