Vows never to go back to PDP, even if he loses
By Ikenna Asomba
Lagos—Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State and one of front-line Presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday, urged the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party to ensure a level playing field for all aspirants, at its Presidential Primaries holding today, at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.
Briefing newsmen at the Federal Palace Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, Kwankwaso who was flagged by former Kogi State Governor, Audu Abubakar and the Rabiu Kwankwaso Lagos Campaign Director, Ladipo Johnson, said only a level playing field that will produce the best candidate can guarantee the party a victory at the 2015 Presidential elections.
Kwankwaso, who hinted that some people were said to have been meeting at an undisclosed place to coerce delegates from the North-Central to speak with one voice said: “Tomorrow (today), I hope the National Working Committee will do the right thing and a winner will emerge. When that happens, other aspirants will definitely rally support for the winner. If I emerge the winner, I am sure many Nigerians and even people from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and other parties will vote for me, because I am bringing a lot of experience to the table.”
“However, we have been told that some people are going to hijack the delegates from some states. We have seen it before and it may happen here, where some people will go and coerce the delegates and tell them what to do. I hope it will not happen here.
“All aspirants should be allowed to have a level playing ground, rather than cornering of delegates. We have heard that people from the North-Central are meeting somewhere and somebody is trying to bribe and coerce them to speak with one voice. How can you gather people from different states to say they speak with one voice?
“In that case, you see that they are making nonsense of the whole democracy,” he said.
Asked if he was going to defect if he loses today’s election, having signed an undertaking, optimistic Kwankwaso said: “All the aspirants have signed an undertaking to continue to be members of the party, so that after the primaries, we can support whoever emerges. For me, this is not a new thing. As a partyman, a statesman, I have no problem if I don’t emerge. But I hope at the end of the day, there will be free, fair and transparent election, so that we can all see and believe the process.
“So, I don’t think if I lose, I will defect. Defection to where? To the PDP? God forbid. I am not going back to the PDP. I will stay back in the APC,” said Kwankwaso.