In an apparent reaction to the claim of the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, that he was in talks with Rabiu Kwankwaso, presidential flagbearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), over a consensus northern candidate the NNPP national chairperson, Rufa’i Alkali, has instead advised Atiku to step down for Kwankwaso.
During a media briefing in Abuja, Alkali disassociated NNPP from Atiku’s antics, adding that Kwankwaso was a forerunner in the 2023 election.
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“We have been inundated with calls from across the country. We have no engagement with Atiku Abubakar on any level,” Alkali said.
“Rabiu Kwankwaso is one person that has justified his position as a forerunner in this election. Atiku should not go so low to impose himself on Nigerians.
“What will someone want to offer in northern Nigeria, if not Kwankwaso since they are talking about northern Nigeria now? The NNPP fully dissociates itself from the antics of Atiku Abubakar. We want Atiku Abubakar to step down for Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
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“It will be a great mistake and tragedy to allow APC to continue with governance in Nigeria. If people are in doubt, let them go and think again.
“It is also a tragedy to allow some of these people who caused most of these problems to come back again. The parties have taken their presidential candidates to court – this is what we have called mutually assured destruction.”