In a recent development, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), stated that accepting the position of running mate to any presidential candidate would result in the demise of the NNPP, IgbereTV reports.
Kwankwaso revealed this in an interview with newsmen while in Gombe State to inaugurate the NNPP’s state office and meet with elected members of the party.
The former Kano State Governor stated that given the NNPP’s rise to prominence in such a short period of time, anything short of his presidency would mean the party’s demise.
Kwankwaso also confirmed that his party was in talks with the Labour Party about a possible merger, but the main stumbling block was the question of who would be the presidential candidate.
“The main issue in the discussion with the Labour Party was who becomes president if the parties merge,” he said.
“At the end of the day, some of our representatives believed that there should be a criterion based on age, qualification, office held, performance, and so on.”
“Of course, the opposing party would not want that. The majority of the people there believe that the president must go there (South-east).
“If I now decide to run for vice president against anyone in this country, the NNPP will collapse because the party is built on what we’ve built over the last thirty years.”
“I worked as a civil servant for seventeen years; that’s 47 years of very serious hard work.”