- The standard-bearer of the Labour party has been offered a golden opportunity, NNPP's presidential candidate has said
- Rabiu Kwankwaso said that for Peter Obi to become his running mate is a golden opportunity for the southeast region
- According to Kwankwaso, he is a more competent candidate considering his age, qualifications and experience
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Sunday, July 3, highlighted what his Labour Party counterpart, Peter Obi and the people of the southeast stand to gain by aligning with him and his political party.
Vanguard reports that Kwankwaso while speaking after inaugurating the state office of the NNPP in Gombe State informed Nigerians that he was offering a golden opportunity to Obi to be his running mate.
A golden opportunity for Peter Obi, Southeast region
He also said that the southeast region would be missing out on the opportunity to stand a chance in the next dispensation should Obi fails to become his running mate.
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“From the discussion with the Labour Party, the main issue was who becomes the president if the parties merge. At the end of the day, some of our representatives thought that there should be criteria in terms of age, qualification, offices held, performance and so on.
“Of course, the other side wouldn’t want that. Most of the people from there believe that the president has to go there. If I decide to be a vice-presidential candidate for anybody in this country, NNPP will collapse, because the party is based on what we have built in the last 30 years."
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The reports that the NNPP stalwart said has all the required qualities to steer Bugeria in the right direction, while confirmed that he served for 17 years as a civil servant; with a total of 47 years of very serious hard work that is holding NNPP now.
“Even if my friend (Peter Obi) wants to accept the vice-presidential candidate, some people in the South-East will not accept, that is not strategic. This is a golden opportunity, if they lose it, it will be a disaster.”
Governor Charles Soludo finally speaks about Peter Obi's 2023 presidential ambition, way forward
Professor Charles Soludo had denied claims that he mocked the presidential candidate of the Labour Party.
The governor had been accused of stating that any political party without a single councillor at the grassroots level has nothing to offer to the people.
Soludo said the report was publicised by some detractors whose aim to geared toward maligning the image of public officers.
NNPP, Labour Party alliance: Party opens up on who would become vice president between Peter Obi, Kwankwaso'
The New Nigerian Peoples Party had confirmed the possibility of Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano state becoming a running mate to Peter Obi of the Labour Party and vice versa.
The NNPP said there is nothing wrong in having either Kwankwaso or Obi as running mates to each other ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to the party, with time, the negotiations between the two political parties would be made public as events unfold.