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Why Atiku, PDP will lose in 2023, by Kwankwaso



 Why Atiku PDP will lose in 2023 by Kwankwaso
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The presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, yesterday said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, cannot win next year’s poll without controlling Lagos, Kano and Rivers states.

He wondered how the PDP would win without getting the votes of the three states.

The NNPP candidate said his exit from the PDP had denied it access to Kano.

He believes with the way Atiku has treated Governor Nyesom Wike and members of his Integrity Group, he cannot win Rivers.

Kwankwaso spoke at the inauguration of Mgbuitanwo internal roads in Emohua Local Government Area constructed within one year by Wike.

Referring to Atiku, he said some persons were obsessed with a party ticket and could do anything possible to grab it.

But PDP Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba said there was no evidence that the party will lose Lagos, Kano and Rivers states.

Kwankwaso said some people were running from pillar to post, looking for leaders to intervene in their travails. He warned such leaders to respect themselves.

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He said: “Many people have made many mistakes. They don’t understand. They are rigid in the sense that whether they are failing or winning, they will stick to one idea.

“We have seen people in my former party that whatever they want is the ticket. They are ready to do anything to have a ticket.

“I can tell you as Governor Wike has been saying, any party that cannot control two of the three states of Kano, Lagos and Rivers; he has been saying it and people are not taking note of it.

“By now, with Kwankwaso out of that party, Wike is still struggling to be there or not to be there. Somehow things are moving.

“Certainly, Lagos is not theirs. One begins to wonder where they will get their votes to win the election.

“We have seen people, struggling and probably regretting going around to talk to many leaders to beg them to intervene, either here or there.

“Let me say to those leaders, please, at this critical time, respect yourselves. Do the right thing.”

Kwankwaso recalled that a similar scenario played out in 2014 when he and four other governors formed a separate group in PDP, but the party leaders called their bluff, saying they could only produce five votes.

He said people dismissing Wike and his group were creating the impression that they were only five and lacked the capacity to influence the votes.

The former Kano governor commended Wike for leading the integrity group and charged them to do the right thing.

He said: “Let me acknowledge and congratulate Governor Wike for leading the integrity group.

“This group, I believe, are good people and I know by the grace of God the group will do the right thing as soon as possible.

“I believe they are people of integrity and posterity will judge them based on the action they take.

“I am happy they are doing the right thing and they are talking and consulting. Many people are talking about Governor Wike as if it is just one person.

“That was what happened in 2013-14. Five of us as governors formed a group and this same party did not understand. Many of the leaders were saying only five votes, only five of them.

“Until the 2015 election happened, many of them did not understand. I believe they are not only G5. We are aware of the G1. Whether they will merge very soon or later, we will keep watching the development.”

Kwankwaso said he had foreseen the current crisis rocking the party before the governor realised it, adding that it was part of the reasons he left the PDP.

He congratulated the people of Mgbuitanwo and showered encomiums on Wike for his numerous quality projects.

He said: “We acknowledge him as Mr. Project. Let me thank you for standing firm and for telling the truth. You are a member of Kwankasia any day, any time. We have a lot of respect for you

“It is unfortunate that we found ourselves in a party that we helped to build. I was in PDP like you. In 1998, I had the opportunity of being part of the founding fathers of PDP. We did extremely well in the first eight years.

“But as time went on, things started to go wrong. But we saw what you, Your Excellency, did not see in time.

“That was why we decided in 2014 to bring some changes in the political architecture of this country. We formed the APC.”

Wike recalled how the enemies of the PDP failed to heed his pleas that Kwakwanso should be convinced to remain in the party.

He said realising the electoral value of Kano and the influence of the Kwankasia movement, he pleaded with the former governor to remain in the PDP.

Wike said: “Let me thank you my special guest of honour. When you wanted to leave PDP, I came to your house in Abuja and I said: ‘Sir, don’t leave the party’. I pleaded with you. I came two times.

“Those who never meant well for this party, who would want to take control where they never sowed, they said ‘no, leave Kwankwaso to go. Who is he? Let him go, after all, I was a Senate President, when he was Deputy Speaker House of Reps’.

“I said no, he is an asset to the party in Kano State. Kano is very important for our party and whatever it takes, let’s keep him, let’s manage him’. They said ‘no let him go’. But I said ‘the more the merrier. We are the opposition party. We cannot continue to drive our people away. Whoever is angry, let’s keep him. I know with him in Kano, there is a likelihood it will be better for us. But if we allow him to go, the repercussions will be too heavy’. But they said ‘no’. Kwankwaso left us.”

Wike said Kwankwaso promised him that his supporters, who decided to stay in the PDP, would back his aspiration, adding that he fulfilled his promise.

Describing the former Kano as a man of integrity, he promised to provide him with logistic support for his presidential campaign in Rivers.

Wike said: “When he was leaving the PDP, he told me he was going and that his people, who chose to remain would support me. And they did. That is integrity. Whatever you tell me, do. Whatever you don’t want to do, you don’t need to say you would do it.

“You are a man of integrity. Unfortunately, we are not in the same party. But God will help at the appropriate time.

“I have no apology to make to anyone. I said it to Peter Obi when he came.

“If you are coming to campaign here, I will give you the logistic support. You are a former governor, a former minister. So, why won’t I accord you all the necessary support, protocol and logistics? And when you were a governor, you performed excellently well. These are people who mean well for this country.

“You are not campaigning based on ethnicity or religion. You are selling yourself to Nigerians. It is not to say don’t vote for a Yoruba man, don’t vote for an Igbo man. That is not what we need in this country now.

“We need a man who will put Nigeria together. We of the integrity group will continue to support whatever is right, whatever will help this country. See Rivers as your own and when you win, remember us.

“We are all here to make sure that this election is free and fair. If you have candidates here, tell them to take it easy. Here is a no-go area. At the appropriate time, we will speak to our people in the language they understand.

“People who stole and sold our gas turbine; people who took the plane to go and hide in Germany for over five years, now they say they want to be governor. Governor where? Is it possible? For Rivers, it is over.”

The governor said people accused him of causing trouble following his decision to thank President Muhammadu Buhari for releasing arrears of 13 per cent derivation to some states.

He said: “They said I have caused trouble, that I asked the Niger Delta states to account for their money. I never said so to anybody. All I say is that people should thank Buhari for me for giving me money to do all the projects.

“If people are interpreting a different thing, it is their business. Is it wrong to thank somebody who has done something for you? Are you not going to thank me for what I did? If I thank somebody who gave me money, is there anything wrong? They play politics every time.”

Wike said three party leaders who held no elective position urged him to do the road projects for Mgbuitanwo.

He thanked them for putting their community interest ahead of their personal needs.

He called on the people to use their positions and relationships to attract development to their areas.

Wike said: “Wherever you are, bring the dividends of democracy to your people. The road is built with streetlights. Three young men have no position, but they dragged the governor down here.

“They had the love for their people, came to the governor and demanded a road for their people. They didn’t think about their pockets. They only asked for the road.

“This administration has never done any project above 14 months. All we have been inaugurating, put them together from June last year till now, we are commissioning over 20 projects. Put all the money together within one year, they are completed.

“From 2019 till now, we have inaugurated nine flyovers. By December, we will inaugurate the 10th flyover. By February, next year, we will inaugurate the 11th and 12th flyovers.”

(The Nation)


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