The 36 members of the Kano State House of Assembly, has declared the state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, eligible to contest the presidential elections in 2015.
The lawmakers said they believed Mr. Kwankwaso was the only person able to salvage Nigeria.
Speaking through the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Yusuf Babangida, at a press conference in Kano, the lawmakers, noted that Nigeria’s current state was a cause for great concern.
“Nigeria is getting fragile and fragile by the day; with poor infrastructure, corruption that is becoming a tool in scooping the nation treasury, impunity, (and a) lack of correct hands at the helm of the affairs to settle (the isuues). We are gradually slipping into a serious deep-blue-sea,” Mr. Babangida said.
The lawmakers said the country needed a man, who could face its multi-faceted challenges with no fear and tackle them headlong.
“Therefore, it is our belief that Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is the leader Nigeria is yearning for; who will confront the delicate situation and solve them without any serious hitches not somebody who is confused and incompetent on how to take care of the Nigerian difficult situation,” Mr. Babangida said. “Governor Kwankwaso is the type that believes in co-existence in and has apathy towards the divide and rule agenda of the present central government.”
He said the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which is the law of the land, did not prohibit any citizen who had fulfilled the laid down requirements to elect and be elected for any office.
‘Our Governor as a Nigerian and a nationalist for that matter who is now over 40 and a NEC member of a political party and with vast academic and common knowledge is fully eligible to vote or be voted for,” Mr. Babangida said.
While commenting on the popularities of a former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, in Kano and the North in general, Mr. Babangida noted that everyone was entitled to contest as a primary election will decide what happens.
Meesrs. Buhari and Kwankwaso are both members of the All Progressives Congress, APC.