Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), denied rumors thinking about dropping out of the race in favor of Peter Obi, the Labor Party candidate.
During a media briefing on Wednesday at the Chatham House in London, Kwankwaso clarified this.
The former governor of Kano State said in answer to a question from a spectator who saw parallels between the NNPP and LP’s campaign platforms that he would never step down for Obi, adding that he is a PhD holder unlike the LP candidate.
Kwankwaso added that the NNPP enjoyed strong support from the general public and would succeed in winning votes, particularly in the country’s north while making slow inroads into the south.
He said, “We want a united country as my legacy; a country whereby everyone is given an opportunity based on the content of his character instead of religion or ethnicity.
“Our party, NNPP, is the only party that is getting support from the grassroots level, succeeding in locking down Northern Nigeria in terms of votes.
“Kwankwaso can never withdraw for Labour Party; I am a PhD holder and check the Labour Party candidate, what are his credentials? My antecedents are there for everyone.
“The upcoming elections will be different in the sense that every Nigerian understands poverty due to the antics of the established elite. Our fear is whether INEC will be able to conduct credible polls and as long as the Federal Government doesn’t interfere, we will have fair elections and I believe President Muhammadu Buhari will allow that. This is because he was the biggest beneficiary of a fair process as an opposition leader in the past.”