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“Step Down for Atiku” – Northern Group Tells Kwakwanso, Gives 1 Major Reason



The Northern Liberal Democratic Movement (NLDM) has called on the presidential candidate of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to step down for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

According to the group, the mood and opinion of stakeholders in the country is in favour of Atiku who was in a better position to win the contest irrespective of Kano’s decision, THISDAY reported.

In a statement its national secretary, Balarabe Bello released in Abuja on Saturday, January 21, the group said apart from the mood of the people of the region, there was a current reality prompting many chieftains and members of the NNPP to dump the party for the PDP across the region in anticipation of a likely Atiku victory in February, Vanguard report added.

The NNPP had lost its chieftains to the PDP with the recent being its deputy governorship candidates in Niger and Yobe States as well as its State Chairman in Kaduna and Zonal Secretary in the North-east, who defected with scores of their supporters.

In a swift reaction, however, the national chairman of NNPP, Prof Alkali Rufai said the presidential candidate “is in the race to win as Kwakwanso is the candidate with the reach, experience and structure to win the February election.

“NNPP will shock PDP in the north as the youths are waiting on it to reinvigorate the country. Those who depend on religion and ethnicity in the forthcoming presidential election will be disappointed,” Rufai noted.

Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has said he is ready to drop his 2023 presidential ambition if he finds a better candidate in the race.

Kwankwaso, who is a 2-term governor of Kano state disclosed this while speaking on his political credentials at the Chatham House on Wednesday, January 18.

The Chatham House is a research institute that is also called the British Royal Institute of International Affairs.

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