Rabiu Kwankwaso, Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), has spoken on the outcome of the discussions he had with Peter Obi, Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party.
Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, who was in Gombe State to inaugurate the state office of NNPP and to meet with elected members of the party stated this in an interview with newsmen.
He said he could not accept to be running mate to any presidential candidate because doing so would lead to the collapse of NNPP.
Kwankwaso said his political profile built over the years and his wealth of experience having served in various capacities in the country had helped in bringing NNPP to limelight within a short time.
He stated that with the fame the NNPP had achieved within the short time, anything short of his presidency under the party would mean the collapse of the NNPP.
“From the discussion with 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 a 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 presidency has to go there (South East). If now I decide to be vice presidential candidate to anybody in this country; NNPP will collapse, because the party is based on what we have built in the last 30 years.
“I served for 17 years as a civil servant; we are talking of 47 years of very serious hard work that is what is rarely holding NNPP now,” he said. (NAN)