Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso has revealed the major reason he cannot be a running mate to any presidential candidate in the forthcoming 2023 election.
Kwankwaso said accepting to be the running mate to any presidential candidate would lead to the collapse of NNPP.
He stated this during an interview with reporters while inaugurating the Gombe State office of NNPP and meeting with elected members of the party.
According to Kwankwaso, based on the fame the NNPP had achieved within the short time, anything short of his presidency would mean the party’s collapse.
He, however, confirmed that the NNPP had been in talks with the Labour Party for a possible merger, but the main problem is the issue of who would become the presidential candidate.
The former Kano State Governor said, “From the discussion with the Labour Party, the main issue was who becomes the president if the parties merge.
“At the end of the day, some of our representatives thought that there should be a criterion in terms of age, qualification, offices held, performance and so on.
“Of course, the other side would not want that. Most of the people from there believe that the president has to go there (South-east).
“If I now decide to be the vice-presidential candidate to anybody in this country; NNPP will collapse because the party is based on what we’ve built in the last thirty years.
“I served for seventeen years as a civil servant; we are talking of 47 years of very serious hard work that’s what is rarely holding NNPP now.”