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Kwankwaso tasks PDP on credible candidate, as ex-CPC boss backs Buhari


Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential aspirant and former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso, has urged the party leadership not to make the mistake of nominating a wrong presidential candidate for the crucial 2019 polls.

The Senator tasked party faithful to base their choice of candidate on credibility rather than money considerations, stressing that, “we, the members of Kwankwansiya Movement play politics based on ideology and not money.”

Similarly, a chieftain of the ruling the All Progressive Congress (APC) and erstwhile chairman of defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in Edo State, Mr. Godwin Erhahon, said President Muhammadu Buhari and APC would get the maximum votes from the state despite “the politics of bitterness, exclusion, victimization and blackmail that have recently bedeviled our hitherto united and harmonious APC.”


Erhahon said he has no plans of quitting APC notwithstanding the grievances of some members of Edo chapter that are threatening to defect to opposition parties, even as he admitted that the grievances “to the extent to which they are true, are justified and as such deserve urgent redress.”

“I share the grievances of those protesting the politics of bitterness, exclusion, victimization and blackmail that have recently bedeviled our hitherto united and harmonious APC.

“But they are, in my opinion, too personal and too selfish to erode our faith in the sincere commitment of President Buhari to salvage Nigeria from the decay to which past leaders have plunged our beloved Country,” he added.

Kwankwaso, handed down the warning while addressing party delegates and leaders from the 18 local government councils of the state during his visit to the Edo State chapter of the Party.

Pleading with the delegates to consider his aspiration, the former Kano governor said party leaders must look for the best person for the job, since according to him, failure to do so, could lead to serious challenge for the party.


Kwankwanso said that the 2019 election is a very crucial one for PDP and stressed the need to avoid mistakes.

Turning to the over 5,600 members of Kwankwasiyya Movement in the state and others across the country, he urged them to immediately defect and join the main opposition party, adding: “People are mixing up issues, if you want a task to be carried out successfully, give the job to the right person, even when this person may not be your friend.

Any mistake in giving the ticket of the party to the wrong person could lead to serious challenge for the party.”

Kwankwaso saw the need to get support of the South-South, Southeast and Southwest zones of the country, saying the zones are important for the party to win the forthcoming elections.

He promised to ensure, “free feeding of primary school pupils, training and retraining of teachers as well as the provision of two pairs of school uniforms per session for students,” if given the mandate.

Former governor of Edo State, Chief Lucky Igbinedion, PDP gubernatorial candidate in the 2016 Edo election, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Senator Matthew Urhoghide and members of the state executive committee of the party were among those that received the presidential hopeful.

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