by Oluwatosin Fatoyinbo
Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has yet again taken a swipe at the ruling PDP over its wholesale endorsement of Jonathan, describing his former party on whose platform he was twice elected governor as “undemocratic”.
“Since the five governors decamped from PDP to APC, I told Nigerians that PDP will become a weaker party whose democratic values will erode. Now the stakeholders of the party have come out to say that they have chosen the president Jonathan as their party’s sole presidential candidate without going for a primary election.” He said
Kwankwaso said this while receiving reports from committees sent out to the 36 states of the federation for consultations on his presidential bid.
He said the unamimous decision was made without the support of many members of the party and contends that its a good development for the chances of the APC
“I am assuring you that APC leaders are committed to do justice in all of the forthcoming party primaries, be it at the state and national assemblies, governorship and even that of the presidential election,” he maintained, pointing out that “APC will give everybody, especially delegates the right to choose the best candidates”.
The governor recalled that when he and some of his colleagues were in the PDP, there was no time when a candidate was forced on them without holding primary elections, adding that even those who were offended in the party by former President Olusegun Obasanjo were consulted for reconciliation as part of democratic process of building the party.
He also accused Jonathan of using money to influence the party chieftains, saying the endorsement was made by the Us money influence.
He pointed out that the present leaders of the PDP had shown that they are not democrats and the party would definitely lose the 2015 general election because of their sheer incompetence and undemocratic attitude to governance.
On the committees’ reports, Kwankwaso said he would study them and would take a decision soon on whether to contest for the presidential ticket of the APC or not.