Kwankwaso to declare presidential bid Tuesday

Former Governor Of Kano State Rabiu Kwankwaso

The governor of Kano State, Rabi’u Kwankwaso, will on Tuesday formally declare his interest in the 2015 presidential race on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The governor’s media aide, Jaafar Jaafar, who disclosed this to PREMIUM TIMES, Monday, said the event will hold in Abuja and would be attended by dignitaries.

Mr. Kwankwaso was a member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, until last November when he and four other governors defected to APC. He will leave office in May 2015.

He was governor between 1999 and 2003 and also served as deputy speaker of the House of Representatives in the botched Third Republic.
After leaving office in 2003, he was appointed defence minister by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Two other presidential aspirants on the party’s platform have already declared their intention to seek APC ticket to contest the February 14 election.

While former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, declared publicly October, a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, did so earlier on September 24.

Another aspirant, Sam Nda-Isaiah, founder of the Leadership newspaper, will declare his aspiration on November 4, his campaign handlers said at the weekend.

Mr. Jaafar said Mr. Kwankwaso, 58, has no plan to step down for any of the aspirants, including the more popular Messrs. Buhari and Abubakar, because he believes he has an edge over them.

“I don’t think he is going to step down for any of them,” he told PREMIUM TIMES. “Rather he wants others to step down for him. This is because age is on his side and his achievements speak for him. I mean his current and previous achievements as governor, minister, member of the Constituent Assembly and deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives.”

He said Mr. Kwankwaso, an engineer, wishes to put Nigeria back on track and insists that his aspiration to rule could not be compared to those others.

Stating that the governor was keen on participating in the APC presidential primary election, Mr. Jaafar argued that if the party wants to make progress, it should hand over the ticket to him.

“Democracy entails that everybody be given a chance, however, if the party wants to progress, it should allow keen contest among the aspirants. It will help to build the party,” he said.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    I think he has stolen enough Kano money. time to share some with Tinubu. Maga go pay.

    • Unanaija

      When will the PDP and Jonathanians disclose the amount President Jonathan’s purse in the Oil Industry-Oyele Madam “smiley” Mrs. Diezani Alison Madueke -has kept for Goodluck Jonathan?

  • amazing2012

    “You will not leave the chance for anyone” even if it’s clearly that you will fail ! You don’t have the popularity to confront PDP’s candidate. Unite, unite and unite except if some of you are working on PDP scripts. This means to destabilize APC for PDP to win. Just like last election, where Nuhu Ribado and Shekarau sabotage Buhari by reducing votes to his success for PDP to win. Every body know that Nuhu Ribado, Shekarau, Kwankwaso, Atiku can not march with PDP’s candidate. I wish APC will have Buhari-Fashola tickets. What we are after is credibility not religion. For instance, Jonathan leave nothing but shame to those who voted him because of religion or ethnicity, because under his time we witness the worst of corrupt regimes and highest record of human right abuses. Killing become more easy than anything else as if there is no law and order. A system that rule by sympathy and weakness, a system that draw people support through religion affiliation not quality or fairness.
    For Obasanjo to warn APC from what he term as religious ticket is unfortunate, because he is one of the problem of the country. Is he saying we should vote on religious basis ? What Nigerians should look after is credibility not identity, We have been deceive for long !!! Is religion a requirement for contesting election ? All those we voted on religious did nothing rather than creating more division among us and stealing our collective resources. We should vote on credibility be it pagan-pagan ticket !

    • Kongi

      It is very difficult to read your epistle because of many grammatical error.

      • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

        Bro Kongi,

        Well, I did, and understood the message he was communicating.

    • Abubakar MB

      I also understood what he wrote quite well, but to me the scenario does look like the Nuhu Ribadu and Shekarau situation because they are both in the same party, primaries will determine who is who, Atiku and kwankwaso will have to leave to Buhari or we stand to lose the election.

  • AA

    We are in support 100% we want every state in nigeria to look like kano state.

  • Wähala

    #Anybody but Dumbo2015!
    It’s good he tests the waters, he has the credentials and track record to project with his vision for a better Nigeria…
    I strongly support a younger candidate in the mold of Gov. Rabi’u Kwankwaso who along with Gov. Rochas Okorocha gave up the obnoxious “Security Vote” thugs like Orji Kalu and others pocket, Kwankwaso understands the needs of the grassroots, he should be ‘Welcome on Board’ biko… sef, if e carry Okorocha tag along as VP, that’s a formidable ticket that could cut into Igbo enclaves in Lagos ati Kanu States where Ndigbo are second only to native citizens in population. My 2nd. choice is Mrs Fayemi, former First Lady of Ekiti who is currently available. She has enviable resumè and int’l clout but the koko na the women voters in Nigeria… that’s my permutation and advise to Alhaji Kwankwanso but, it comes with a prerequisite… show us your Asset Declaration Form!

    • Peter

      But his greatest undoing is his APC party with its dubious manifesto of wresting power by any means to the north. What will further kill his ambition and that of his party is who will be prepared to step down for who. The party and whoever it will eventually field as its presidential candidate will be crushed at the polls. At this stage when the PDP has unanimously agreed on its own candidate, APC is still grappling with who becomes its own candidate in an election that is about four months around the corner. APC is unorganised and so is bound to fail.

      • Mosaku 147

        Hear yourself,’unanimously agreed on its own candidate’. Na unanimous you call that thing weh PDP do or forcefully prevented others from contesting. With people like you commenting,I pray God comes down directly to help my people.

  • Sopulu

    Best candidate for president of the Islamic Republic of Yemen

  • Alhaji Lai Mohammed

    Can a lunatic be a President ?

    • OFR

      It has happened in 2011 but yes, it cannot happen again. A lunatic cannot become a president 2015. No way Dumbo Jona

  • taewo

    Am not going to vote for any candidate simply because he he is 50 and the other candidate is 70. How old is Jonathan that he ran the country aground?

  • Brown

    I believe more kudos should be given to the person that made ACN/APC a selling and beautiful party in the person of Gov Fashola.
    He made governmence interractive and enjoyable. He is a visionary and innovative leader, even at a time Gov Kwankwaso travelled to Lagos to learn how good governmence works.
    I also believe the likes of Atiku, Kwankwaso, Amaechi, are vying for the presidency because they believe the presidency should come from their zone and not because they have the credentials to deliver.
    Nigerians should all stand behind Fashola.
    GEJ’s team is ready to crying religious/ethnic discrimination when APC fields a northern candidate, and they will use it as a yardstick to rig the election claiming majoritiy of the votes are from the unsatisfied southern region.
    APC also needs a candidate that will be loyal and run with a agreeable agenda, and not someone looking for opportunity.
    Asiwaju and Buhari should be party leaders.
    Buhari should champion anti-corruption as a party leader.
    Kwankwaso, Atiku, Sam Isaiah, etc should use whatever solution he thinks he has to support the Fashola candidacy as a faithful Nigerian and party man.
    Okorocha should use his Igbo influence to support this Nigerian project spearheaded by Fashola.
    Buhari, Atiku, Kwankwaso should gather Notherners to support Fashola.
    Tinubu, Oshomole, Amaechi, Okorocha should gather Southerns to support Fashola.
    This should be the selling and unbeatable ticket!

    • sir Oscie

      Story for the gods.

    • Shaibu Ocheme

      Excellent idea. I wish they will listen. But I have my serious doubts….

  • sir Oscie

    Buhari is GOOD, Kwankwaso BETTER while Atiku Abubakar is the BEST for APC and Nigeria.
    sai Turakin Adamawa 2015.
    #ANigeriaForAll

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Kwankwaso is only a sinking man. He is now a drowning man can hardly grab a straw to remain afloat. Very soon the result of his foolishness will dawn when the APC rubbishes him.

  • Romberg

    You see, you are like an orphan, with your unspirited public debate. I am amazed you didn’t deny his name: Chief Lie. Mr Truth, are you suggesting that becuase Honourable Minister Alhaji Lie was instrumental to the success of his principal in an election, Nigerians shouldn’t bother about the integrity of his advice anymore? This is no longer election. People now hold him true to his word. Tell him to reflect on this, if you have his ears.

    • Aloa Akan

      You are just a rabblerouser. Your continued vilification of the man will never bring your ‘hero’ back to Aso Rock. You’d better deal with it. He’s going to be your minister for the next four years. Haters

      • Romberg

        You still won’t dispute the fact your ‘hero’ is a comical liar. His lies are so obvious that they make a saint of a decayed PDP. GEJ was never my hero, I agree he is a mistake in the White House. But lying doesn’t make Chief Lie better than Jonathan. Lying is corruption, just as stealing. Do I actually expect you to understand me? You will struggle with the truth: becuase they promised to make your life better for N5000 top up to your thrift?

        • Amir

          Nigerians love his ‘lies’ and hate your ‘truths’. Live with it.

  • absam777

    If the writer have the likes of Femi Aribisala, Femi Fani-kayode and Fayose in mind as the fearful and despicable ones writing and saying all kind of rubbish about the minister, he should be assured that no sensible person take those wailers serious. They are bunch of nonentities.