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No presidential candidate can win at first ballot, says Hunkuyi

By Saxone Akhaine, Kaduna
15 September 2022   |   2:36 am
A former lawmaker, who represented Kaduna North Senatorial district in the defunct 8th National Assembly, Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, has said it might be difficult to have a clear presidential winner

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A former lawmaker, who represented Kaduna North Senatorial district in the defunct 8th National Assembly, Suleiman Othman Hunkuyi, has said it might be difficult to have a clear presidential winner in the first ballot at next year’s general elections.

He said no political party, big or small, should be underrated, as surprises could spring up at the polls.

Hunkuyi, who is also the Kaduna State governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), spoke with journalists at his Kaduna office.

He said, considering that presidential candidates are being given religious and ethnic colouration, the chances of securing 25 per cent votes in 25 states might be difficult at the first ballot.

Asked about the rumour of his party’s presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, withdrawing for another candidate, he said: “First of all, take it that I am not Kwankwaso. Two, take it that I am not speaking Kwankwaso’s mind, neither am I capable of talking for Kwankwaso in that pedestal and on that matter. But I have a position.

“It does not appear any party today in Nigeria, including NNPP, might make it in the first election. There may have to be a run-off.

“For anyone to say because NNPP might not make it, which party, then, might make it? I am talking from the background of the politics in Nigeria today.

“You see PDP and APC as the biggest of them all. But try to plot the graph. When you do, try to do it dispassionately. We have 36 states and to win the election, you need 25 per cent of votes, minimum, in 25 states. So, go ahead and count.

“So, the responsibility of Kwankwaso and NNPP is to put up, through a required credible alternative platform, a responsible government for the polity in Nigeria.

“NNPP cannot arrogate to itself, neither can APC or PDP arrogate to themselves that they must win the minimum required votes in the required number of states.”