The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, is not presidential material.
This was after Kwankwaso rejected the call for him to be running mate to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
Kwankwaso, while speaking on Channels Television on Sunday, said he was more qualified than Obi for the presidency.
He also stated that no northerner will vote for Obi because of situations in the South-East where he comes from.
Reacting, Ohanaeze’s National Publicity Secretary, Alex Ogbonnia, said such comment is not expected of a presidential candidate.
He said: “Kwankwaso’s description is unfortunate. He does not know Igbo and lacks the capacity to assess its people. Such a comment is not expected of a presidential candidate.
“As far as I know, Igbo have been the pillar that has helped this country to survive so far. He should know that any person who can do well in business and live in any part of the country can succeed as president.
“Kwankwaso cannot be said to be the best material the country can have when issues of the presidency are discussed. Except for our parochial nature and the kind of politics we have in Nigeria, I do not think that our competence should be in doubt at any time.”