Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has stated that the Labour Party cannot win the 2023 elections.
Kwankwaso stated on Channels Television’s Politics Today that the Labor Party’s support comes primarily from a specific region and not the entire nation.
Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, is from the South East, as Kwankwaso made clear in the interview.
“In both the PDP and the APC, they (South East) are completely excluded. Now, the NNPP is the only viable option. We are aware that on social media, young people of south-eastern descent are campaigning for the presidency, but the reality is that even if the entire zone or any zone in this country votes for a particular candidate, that person cannot be president due to the provisions of our constitution. I believe the Constitution was designed to ensure that every citizen is involved.”
“Many people in the South East feel marginalised today, and they will feel even more so if they are not involved in the 2023 project. As it currently stands, the Labor Party cannot be certain to win an election, as the majority of its support comes from a specific region and the numbers there are insufficient for anyone to attain the presidency.
“There are numerous reasons why I, as Rabiu Kwankwaso, am sympathetic to the South East, and I believe the relationship between the LP and NNPP will significantly reduce tensions in the region. We do not want a situation in which a particular section of the country feels marginalised, as there is already considerable tension there. And this tension is detrimental to the South East and the nation as a whole. There is currently a situation in this country in which the entire zone is closed on Mondays; so many people are being killed and so many business opportunities are being lost.
“Because of this, I’d like to encourage the leaders at that level to think positively in order for this union to succeed. And if this marriage fails, the implication is that his own candidate in the PDP will benefit the most, given that the North’s current political structure is not well understood by many.
“Fortuitously, northern voters have always had their own opinion, which is seldom influenced by elites or anyone else. Consequently, the northern electorate has re-decided what they will do, and they will vote for the NNPP.”
However, according to the NNPP presidential candidate, the party’s preference is to select a running mate from the South East.
He also suggested that it could be Kingsley Moghalu, the former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Obi, or any other prominent individual from the South East.
Kwankwaso stated on Saturday in Gombe that he could not accept the position of running mate for any presidential candidate because it would lead to the dissolution of the NNPP.