Kwankwaso considers Senate after losing APC presidential ticket

Gov. Rabi'u Musa Kwankwaso of f Kano state and APC Presidential Aspirant addressing delegates from Bayelsa and Akwa Ibom states at the Intercontinental Hotel, Lagos, today, Wednesday. He was accompanied by his deputy, Dr. Abdullahi Umar, Ganduje, APC BOT member, Chief Sam Nkire and former governor of Kogi State, Prince Abubakar Audu. Photo: Govt. House, Kano.

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State has said he might be heading to the Senate after failing to clinch the All Progressives Congress, APC’s presidential ticket Thursday.

Mr. Kwankwaso lost the party’s primaries to former head of state, Muhammadu Buhari, despite a surprisingly impressive performance that saw him receive more party votes than former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The governor said he might consider calls from his supporters to bid for a seat in the Senate in 2015. If he so decides, it would be after consultations, Mr. Kwankwaso said.

“I will consult with my people, friends and political associate on my future politically. And you should know that my being in the Senate will help in no small measure in tackling those talkative who have nothing to offer for the unity of the Country,” the governor said.

The governor said his immediate concern is to deliver Kano the APC and to ensure PDP loses in the state “hands down”.

“I’m back to the ground to ensure that PDP defeated in this state and the country. Now I will be fully on the ground to continue with what I am doing for the development of the state,” Mr. Kwankwaso told reporters in his office Friday. “I will make sure that PDP loses in Kano and I will deliver 100% victory in the state to the APC because it’s the party that everyone is supporting across the country.”

Mr. Kwankwaso said he was satisfied that Mr. Buhari won the APC ticket for February’s presidential election.

“Whoever voted for Buhari in the just concluded presidential primary is just like he voted me. I and Buhari are the same and I believe that he will change this country to better from this mess caused by the PDP,” he said.

“I would like to use this opportunity and congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari for his victory; he is an experienced person who will better the lives of people and bring an end to this mess that is going on in the country.

“I want to say that Buhari with his military background will try his best to ensure that the security challenges facing this country will be overcome. Buhari is the best person to handle this country at this crucial time”.

“Buhari is a full-fledged politician. He worked like any other politician in this country and he earned the ticket by his commitment. He is a polished and experienced politician. We must rally round our support and cooperation towards his victory,” the governor said.


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