The New Nigeria People’s Party says its presidential candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has not met or discussed with his Peoples’ Democratic Party counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, or his representatives, about any working relationship towards the 2023 presidential election.
Kwankwaso/NNPP Presidential Campaign Council spokesman Ladipo Johnson revealed this in a statement he issued on Wednesday in Abuja.
Johnson said it was clear that Kwankwaso was finishing the race stronger than other presidential candidates, especially Atiku.
He said this was clear as Abubakar appeared to be “gasping for air as his platform crumbles and he is looking for a solid branch to hold on to.”
Johnson said his response was important because of Abubakar’s statement that he was “in contact with Kwankwaso.”
He said the response was also key because of false claims on social media that three million members of the Kwankwasiyya movement in the northeast had switched to the PDP.
The spokesman described it as moves orchestrated by the Atiku campaign to convey a false and mischievous narrative to Nigerians that Kwankwaso would join their team.
Johnson said: “The fact is that neither Atiku and Kwankwaso nor their representatives have met in private or to discuss any employment relationship.
“They have only met during town hall meetings in the last few months!
“Nigerians will remember that early in the campaign the false narrative being promoted was that Kwankwaso was only strong in Kano!
“Suddenly you have three million members leaving you in the Northeast?”
Johnson reiterated that Kwankwaso would not resign or work with either candidate or Atiku Abubakar.
“We are in this race to win and raise the standard of living for all Nigerians.
“Opponents who have seen the field play and Kwankwaso’s grassroots campaign now understand, 24 days before the polls, that the grassroots voters, the average man and woman, have decided to vote for Kwankwaso and the NNPP as their choice party. Johnson said.