The presidential candidate of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Monday said presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, cannot win next year’s poll without controlling Lagos, Kano and Rivers states.
He wondered how the PDP would win without getting the votes of the three states.
The NNPP candidate said his exit from the PDP had denied it access to Kano.
He believes with the way Atiku has treated Governor Nyesom Wike and members of his Integrity Group, he cannot win Rivers.
Kwankwaso spoke at the inauguration of Mgbuitanwo internal roads in Emohua Local Government Area constructed within one year by Wike.
Referring to Atiku, he said some persons were obsessed with a party ticket and could do anything possible to grab it.
However, spokesperson of the party, Debo Ologunagba said there was no evidence that the party will lose Lagos, Kano and Rivers states.
Kwankwaso said some people were running from pillar to post, looking for leaders to intervene in their travails. He warned such leaders to respect themselves.
He said: “Many people have made many mistakes. They don’t understand. They are rigid in the sense that whether they are failing or winning, they will stick to one idea.
“We have seen people in my former party that whatever they want is the ticket. They are ready to do anything to have a ticket.
“I can tell you as Governor Wike has been saying, any party that cannot control two of the three states of Kano, Lagos and Rivers; he has been saying it and people are not taking note of it.
“By now, with Kwankwaso out of that party, Wike is still struggling to be there or not to be there. Somehow things are moving.
“Certainly, Lagos is not theirs. One begins to wonder where they will get their votes to win the election.
“We have seen people, struggling and probably regretting going around to talk to many leaders to beg them to intervene, either here or there.
“Let me say to those leaders, please, at this critical time, respect yourselves. Do the right thing.”