The presidential candidate of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has stated why he cannot be the running mate to Labour Party’s Peter Obi.
Ahead of the INEC deadline for substitution of party candidates, there have been increased calls for both parties to form an alliance against the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming general elections. The two major parties are seen as formidable forces in the upcoming elections. As a result, a strong third-force alliance is required to defeat them.
Kwankwaso hinted as a guest on Channels Television Sunday Politics that he would not mind being Vice President because he currently does not have a job. However, he stated that the North has been the hardest hit by the federal government’s poor administration, but Northern voters still believe in the vision of one Nigeria. The South-East, on the other hand, has several issues, one of which is contrary to the issue of a united Nigeria.
Senator Kwankwaso remains optimistic about allying with the Labour Party (LP), but only if Peter Obi agrees to be his running mate in the upcoming elections.
“We have seen the situation in the country today in terms of the economy, security, education, infrastructure,” he said. “The voters of this country are yearning for a change, and I believe we will only be fair to ourselves if we come together and present a real alternative for the people of this country, and I am happy to say that even now, the NNPP is everywhere in this country, despite being very new in some ways—only about four months old.
When asked about the party that would be used for such an alliance, Kwankwaso stated that it would require the right people to sit down and work out the various modalities for this to work.
His main concern at the moment, however, is who will be President and who will be Vice President. The South-East wants a say in the next administration, and Kwankwaso believes that an alliance with him is the best way for this to happen.
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