by James Sambo
Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has denied speculation that he was under some form of pressure to step down for former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the run up to the All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries.
Kwankwaso who is expected to formally declare his intentions to contest for next year’s elections within the next few weeks attempted to put the speculations to rest on Wednesday with a post on his Facebook page.
He said, “I’m not under any pressure to step down for anybody. In fact, nobody asked me to step down for anybody and doing that will not be even good for the party.
“You see many people are used to either small parties or let me say medium-sized parties where people sit down and choose somebody in a room. Now we are talking about APC mega party, which is not ANPP, CPC, APGA or ACN.
“It’s a collection of all and we always tell people to look at the example of PDP. From 1999 to 2011, each election they had to go for primary elections not arranged election, but real elections.”
According to the Kano governor, the PDP’s arbitrary endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan as its consensus candidate without any form of election is an indication that the party will lose in the 2015 contest.
Kwankwaso said, “Even when we have sitting presidents in 2003 and 2011, there were elections, serious elections. And that’s why the PDP has been winning all along and all others who were making arranged elections were losing elections.
“As you can see as fate would have it, now PDP has decided to do their own primary in the Villa and the APC is going to the field. That shows us clearly that APC will win elections and the PDP will lose election in 2015.”