2023: Talks Are Ongoing For Kwankwaso To Step Down For Atiku — Northern Leaders

Leaders in the north are hopeful that Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), will eventually succeed Rabiu Kwankwaso as the NNPP’s presidential candidate.

According to reports, the regional authorities are hoping Kwankwaso will resign in favor of Atiku.

The leaders recognized the importance of cooperating, particularly in light of the PDP G-5’s gang-up against Atiku.

Although Kwankwaso has vowed to fight it out with the other candidates in the February 25 presidential election, he has a sizable following known as the “Kwankasiyya movement” in the Northern region of the country.

Late last year, in Lagos, when asked if he will step down in the days ahead, he said, “We are not merging with any political par­ty, and anybody thinking I am stepping down must be mis­chievous. We have our names already approved by INEC to contest. NNPP is all out to win the 2023 general elections. No se­rious person should now think of anyone of us stepping down at this stage. I am ready for all candidates for debates.”

Also in his speech at Chatham, Kwankwaso said he considers withdrawing if he sees any candidate better than him in terms of ex­perience.

He said, “What I told them is what I will tell you. If anybody wants Kwankwaso to withdraw, just bring criteria and select the best. Anytime I have a better candidate, I am ready to talk to him.”

A top member of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) disclosed this in an interview with Daily Independent on Sunday.

The NEF chieftain, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said eminent retired generals, religious leaders, and traditional rulers are talking to Kwankwaso to collapse his structure for Atiku.

He claimed that if the North can present a consensus can­didate and the Southern votes are shared between the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Peter Obi, Atiku will easily coast home to victory.

He said, “Yes, I can confirm that talks are ongoing. Kwankwaso keeps insisting that he will not step down but we are optimistic that he will listen to the voice of reason, especially from our elder statesmen and royal fathers from the North.

“From what we have seen so far, the best we can do in the North is to present a consensus candidate. With the popularity of Kwanwaso and Atiku in the North, we believe the presiden­tial election will be a done deal because Atiku already com­mands appreciable followership in the South. Kwankwaso’s sup­porters are also in the South too.

“If we can unite in the North by fielding a sole presidential candidate, then the election is as good as won because the Southern presidential candi­dates will divide the Southern votes. Atiku will also get votes in the South.”

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