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2019: Kwankwaso can’t contest presidency with Buhari - APC senator

2019: Kwankwaso can’t contest presidency with Buhari - APC senator

- Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso seems to be giving members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) a headache

- The former Kano state governor has kept everyone guessing about his next political move

- A chieftain of the party in the state, however, says Kwankwaso stands no chance against President Muhammadu Buhari in any electoral contest

The senator representing Kano South senatorial district in the National Assembly, Kabiru Gaya, has stated that the ruling APC would not support the emergence of any presidential candidate in 2019 from Kano state apart from President Muhammadu Buhari.

Senator Gaya said this in response to a question asking him about the alleged presidential ambition of the former governor of Kano state, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

He also talked about what political stakeholders in Kano state are doing to ensure that Kwankwaso remains in the APC.

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His words: “In politics, we try to accommodate as much people as possible. We don't leave room for any member to leave. If one member leaves, it is a loss because you can win election with one vote.

“So we're doing our utmost best to work together as a team. But if the interest of the person staying with us wants to run as a president, there’s no vacancy for that. Our vacancy is PMB. But if he's coming to run for something else, he's welcome. We don't want to eliminate anybody. But we do not want to have any presidential candidate from Kano state.”

Asked whether he was a member of the contentious Reformed-APC and his take on the group, Senator Gaya said: “I can't be here if I'm on the other side. I am on the main party. Even those who are in that place, they'll soon come back. Maybe most of them will come back because we are seeing more progress than those who defected.

“I’m confident that PMB will win election... Therefore, they should return. They’re in power now. Why being in the opposition? Let them come back. I believe the Senate will have majority like we had before.

“They should stay in the system and reform it. You cannot be out of a system and be talking of reform. I appeal to them to come back on board so we work in the interest of the party and the country.”

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Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC in Jigawa state, Alhaji Ishaq Hadejia, has insisted that Kwankwaso is still a card carrying member of the party.

Hadejia made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Dutse on Friday, June 29.

He said contrary to insinuations from some quarters that the former governor had defected to another party, Kwankwaso was still a member, adding that the rumours are not only untrue and baseless but unfounded.

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