The Kano Governor said it is too early to declare any ambition now.
The Kano State Governor, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, has said that he has not declared any intention to contest for president in 2015 as he is still busy with the task of governing Kano State.
Mr. Kwankwaso, in a statement by Halilu Dantiye, his Director of Press and Public Relations, claimed he never made any statement that suggested that he would contest for the Nigerian presidency in 2015.
The Governor had told reporters in Maiduguri, when asked about his rumoured presidential ambition, particularly after the host governor, Kashim Shettima, showered encomiums on him, that he would make his intention known at the right time.
“For now we are walking around the clock to ensure peace and stability in our state, and security in the entire region. But I want to assure Nigerians that as a team player, when the time comes, I will make my intentions known,” Mr. Kwankwaso told journalists who asked about his presidential ambition.
But the Kano Governor’s spokesperson has claimed that his boss was misrepresented.
”The statement is a misrepresentation of fact as the governor never made any statement that suggests that he intends to contest the presidency of this country come 2015,” Mr. Dantiye said.
Mr. Dantiye, being careful, did not however say if his boss nursed the ambition; but claimed he had never declared it.
”We, therefore, wish to state unequivocally that Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso, currently serving his second and final term as governor of Kano State, has not declared interest to vie for the presidency of this country or for any elective position,’’ he said.
He said Mr. Kwankwaso was currently occupied with how to ensure peace, stability and unity among Nigerians in addition to justifying the mandate given to him by the people of Kano State.
”What Gov. Kwankwaso said was that at the moment he is focusing on critical issues of development and security in Kano State and will make his position on his political future known in due course,” the spokesperson said adding that “ two years into his tenure in office is too early to start talking about 2015.”
Mr. Kwankwaso, a second-term governor, had on May 1 paid a courtesy visit to Borno and donated N20 million to the state for victims of the Baga killings. His host, Mr. Shettima, showered huge encomiums on him seemingly highlighting his credentials that qualified him for the highest office.
Though none, but Mr. Aliyu, has formally declared his intention, they may have to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan, who has also not formally declared his intention, for the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party should they eventually do.