A former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has argued towards the decision for zoning the 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the Southern a part of Nigeria.
Mr Kwankwaso made his place recognized in an interview with Channels Television on Sunday night time the place he additionally spoke about a number of political considerations forward of the 2023 normal elections.
In his argument, the two-term governor of Kano State condemned the insistence of the Southern Governors Forum in July 2021 that the subsequent president of the nation should come from their area quite than what’s finest.
He thought of the decision by the governors and different leaders as an try and intimidate the northern area into relinquishing its proper to contest the seat.
Mr Kwankwaso mentioned the choice to contest needs to be primarily based on technique quite than mere clamour or sentiments.
With reference to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, Mr Kwankwaso, who’s eyeing the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP, mentioned the get together had produced extra southern presidents than the north.
“You see many people are mixing what ordinarily shouldn’t come together at all. We have PDP, we have APC, we have APGA and we have many other parties today in this country. And the issue of where a party put his presidency or vice presidency is a matter of strategy.
“If you look at it from 1999, to date, or even after 2023, we have 16 years for PDP, eight years for APC. Now, in the 16 years of PDP, we had a situation where the presidency has been in the south for 14 years and only in the north for two years during the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of blessed memory.
“Now we see some people, maybe because they don’t understand politics or they want to be mischievous, they keep on mixing the two issues of two political parties together. This PDP and APC are contestants in this game,” he mentioned.
As it stands, neither the APC nor PDP has introduced the zoning of its presidential ticket for subsequent 12 months’s election.
The reluctance of the 2 main events within the nation to take action has provoked speculations that they might throw the ticket open to all aspirants.
Speaking on speculations of his doable defection from PDP to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Kwankwaso debunked the hearsay and reiterated his dedication to make sure victory for his get together within the 2023 polls.
In his clarification, he traced the genesis of the hypothesis to depart the PDP to the therapy meted out on him and his supporters throughout the get together’s congress in Kaduna in 2021.
“As we speak, there is no plan for me to leave the PDP, to join APC, or any other party.
“Of course, there were issues which are very clear to almost everybody; that we had congress in April last year in Kaduna, which I felt and many of my supporters in the North-west and even beyond felt that I was not being treated well and Kano was not being treated the way it should be.
“And therefore, I believe that was the beginning of those issues to the extent that people thought because of that, we would leave the PDP for APC or any other party,” he mentioned, whereas noting the reconciliatory efforts of the get together leaders.
Allies turned rivals
When requested about his feud with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, who was his deputy whereas in workplace, Mr Kwankwaso maintained a impartial tone.
However, with out stating the actual reason behind their extended variations, Mr Kwankwaso chronicled his contributions to Mr Ganduje’s political progress.
He mentioned Mr Ganduje by no means visited him since he assumed workplace as governor in 2015 till final December.
The governor, in December 2021, visited Mr Kwankwaso at his Bompai residence in Kano, over the loss of life of his brother, Inuwa Kwankwaso.
The duo had labored collectively for years earlier than falling out in 2015.
Mr Ganduje had served as Mr Kwankwaso’s deputy throughout his first and second phrases in workplace. He additionally labored as a Special Adviser to the previous governor when he was appointed as Minister of Defence in ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s authorities.
As a sitting PDP governor, Mr Kwankwaso had joined the APC in 2014 and contested for the get together’s presidential ticket in 2015 however misplaced to Mr Buhari.
He returned to PDP in 2018 and contested in its presidential primaries which he additionally misplaced to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.