Presidency: I’ll Not Step Down For Anybody – Kwankwaso

<strong>Presidency: I’ll Not Step Down For Anybody – Kwankwaso</strong>
  • Says no candidate better than him
  • Knocks Labour Party for ‘failed’ alliance
  • Promises to revamp economy, Fight insecurity and corruption

By Mbachu Godwin, Abah Adah, and Calaeb Ishaya, Abuja

Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has vowed not to step down for any presidential candidate in the forthcoming February 25 Presidential and NASS elections, saying that he has not seen any candidate better than himself.

The former governor of Kano State and Minister of Defence, however, said that he is ready to shelve his presidential ambition if he sees a better candidate contesting the presidential position.

Kwankwaso, who was at the Chatham House yesterday to discuss his plans for Nigeria, ahead of the February 25 presidential election promised to revamp the ailing economy, fight insecurity, corruption if elected.

The presidential hopeful, however, explained why the hopeful alliance between his party and the Labour Party failed, blaming the Labour Party for the failure.

He said the much-talked-about alliance did not work because the LP did not see the reason to work with him.

Last year, both the NNPP and the LP hinted at a possible alliance for the coming general elections.

Many believed the alliance between Kwankwaso, who has a large followership known as ‘Kwankwasiyya’ in the northern part of the country, and Obi who commands a large following of young people, especially in the South, would be a game changer in the coming election often dominated by two parties  largely referred as the old order.

“Let me say that I was one of those initially wanting to work together with the Labour Party, but unfortunately at that time, the Labour Party was under very serious media hype and therefore, they could not see reason”, he said.

When asked if he would be willing to withdraw his ambition to support the LP’s candidate, Kwankwaso said it was not an option as he believed he is more qualified than all other candidates contesting in the election.

What I told them is what I will tell you. If anybody wants Kwankwaso to withdraw, just bring criteria and select the best. Anytime I have a better candidate, I am ready to talk to him”, he said.

Boasting over 30 years of experience in the civil service, the NNPP presidential candidate claimed that his party is the one growing in Nigeria, describing the LP’s media buzz as a bubble.

“I want to say that our party, the NNPP, is the only growing party in Nigeria today. We have seen the maximum of any party, especially the Labour Party.

“To us, the Labour Party is like ‘Andrews Liver Salt’ that just does prrrrr (fizzled out) and now it’s just coming down. That’s the reality of it”, he added.

The former governor of Kano State insisted that the NNPP is successful in locking down votes and support in the northern part of the country and is currently working and gaining more support from the South.

“For us, the difference between North and South is that North knows us more than the southern part of the country”, the NNPP presidential hopeful said.

AljazirahNigeria reports that other leading candidates in the February 25 elections, namely the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, candidate, Bola Tinubu, LP’s Peter Obi as well as the INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, have spoken about the coming elections at the Chatham House.

Meanwhile the London-based think tank said on Monday that the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar had not responded to the invitation to speak.

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