Buba Galadima, who is currently a member of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), claims that Rabiu Kwankwaso, the party’s presidential candidate, is the only candidate from the South-East who supports the idea of a new Nigeria.
Galadima remarked that Kwankwaso’s push for a new Nigeria was a result of the previous 30 years when he made this claim on Monday during a speech on Arise TV.
We want a candidate who can believe in Nigeria, not a tribal Nigeria; there is no South East candidate that shares our belief in a new Nigeria. This initiative has been in the works for more than 30 years,” he remarked.
Asked why Kwankwaso can’t be Peter Obi’s running mate, Galadima replied, “The arithmetic is against Peter Obi, it’s only Kwankwanso that can deliver the mission to New Nigeria. It’s God’s time for Kwankwaso to be president. We spoke about primordial sentiments.
Recall Kwankwaso himself had earlier given reasons he can not be running mate to Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in the wake of calls for the duo to form an alliance as an alternative for Nigerians aside the two major political parties – All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former Kano governor had expressed interest in Obi to accept to be his running mate.
“The northerner voters have made up their minds on what to do; certainly NNPP, nobody can change it,” Kwankwaso said during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.
“Unfortunately, there are many issues in the South East, and a northern voter is the worst-hit in this issue of maladministration in this country. But even under that circumstance, a northern voter also believes that he is better with one united Nigeria,” he said.
“Therefore, most of the things that are happening in the South, especially in the South-East; people are not comfortable with that and as long as you have somebody from there in any party, it will be very difficult for the northern voters to vote, and that’s the situation now,” he added.
Meanwhile, Kwankwaso has informed that the NNPP Committee has been working to meet with Obi with a view to working together to take the leadership of the country at all levels.