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Kwakwaso Won’t Step Down For Buhari



Despite sustained pressures, Kano state Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso won’t step dpwn for General Muhammadu Buhari as the northern consensus candidate.
He has been under tremendous pressure  to step down in order to boost the chances of the former head of state, but several meetings between the supporters of both aspirants have been deadlocked.
Although this is not expected to be a major set-back for Buhari, the possibility of reducing the number of contestants in order to avoid a post-primary rancour is now remote.
Atiku Abubakar, former vice-
president, is another strong
contender for the ticket but it will not be a two-horse race between him and Buhari.
“Kwankwaso has no intention of stepping down for anybody. He will participate fully in the primary. His
record in Kano, one of the most complex states in Nigeria, is a good advertisement for him for what he can do at the national level.
“He is young, experienced and progressive. Under no condition will he step down,” a close aide said.
“Consensus is part of the belief of APC, but the fact of the matter is that we have seen in PDP, from 1999 to 2011, every election year
there was primary election and primary election in my opinion strengthens a party.
“Therefore, probably that is why PDP has been winning elections.
On the other hand, other parties, because of their weaknesses were not doing primaries. I believe the end of the day our party will
come out with a candidate that would be generally accepted by the party and by extension the entire
Nigeria,” he said.

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