A former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has condemned the insistence of Southern Governors in July 2021 that the 2023 presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must come from their region, arguing that it is an attempt to intimidate the Northern region into giving up its right to contest for the seat.
Kwankwaso made this known during an interview with Channels Television on Sunday night.
He said the decision to contest should be based on strategy and what’s best rather than mere clamour or sentiments.
With reference to former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, Kwankwaso, who is eyeing the 2023 presidential ticket of the PDP, further argued that the party had produced more southern presidents than the north.
He said, “You see many people are mixing what ordinarily shouldn’t come together at all. We have PDP, we have APC, we have APGA and we have many other parties today in this country. And the issue of where a party put his presidency or vice presidency is a matter of strategy.
“If you look at it from 1999, to date, or even after 2023, we have 16 years for PDP, eight years for APC. Now, in the 16 years of PDP, we had a situation where the presidency has been in the south for 14 years and only in the north for two years during the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua of blessed memory.
“Now we see some people, maybe because they don’t understand politics or they want to be mischievous, they keep on mixing the two issues of two political parties together. This PDP and APC are contestants in this game.”
For now, neither the APC nor PDP has announced the zoning of its presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
While speaking on claims of his possible defection from PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kwankwaso debunked the rumour and assured that he is committed to ensure victory for his party in the 2023 polls.
“As we speak, there is no plan for me to leave the PDP, to join APC, or any other party.
“Of course, there were issues which are very clear to almost everybody; that we had congress in April last year in Kaduna, which I felt and many of my supporters in the North-west and even beyond felt that I was not being treated well and Kano was not being treated the way it should be.
“And therefore, I believe that was the beginning of those issues to the extent that people thought because of that, we would leave the PDP for APC or any other party,” he said.