- The presidential candidate of the NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwa, has denied having grudges with the former governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shakarau
- Kwankwaso, while reacting to the defection rumour of the Kano central senatorial candidate, promised to cede more prestigious positions to Shekarau's camp if the party wins in 2023
- The presidential hopeful added that all agreements the party had with Shekarau were met except that of the contestants, which was due to the time frame
The presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has promised former governor of Kano, Ibrahim Shakarau, more prestigious positions if he stands by the party.
Kwankwaso was reacting to the rumour that Shekarau may defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over an alleged failure to fulfil the terms of the agreement the duo had before Shekarau joined the NNPP, The Nation reported.
The presidential hopeful, denying having a rift with the senatorial candidate, explained why the party could not meet one of the requests of the Shekarau’s camp.
In an interview with BBC Hausa, the former governor revealed this, noting that the rumour that he was having grudges with Shekarau was not true and that nothing like that within the party.
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“There is no agreement that was not fulfilled other than that of contestants. We have tried our best to honour the agreement but time couldn’t permit us,” Kwankwaso said.
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This has also paved a way for the ruling party and the PDP to be wooing the northern senator into their fold ahead of 2023.
One of the conditions given to the NNPP by Shekarau is that his loyalists will be given nomination tickets for 2023, a situation yet to happen.