2023 Presidency: Kwankwaso set to dump PDP for NNPP
Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former governor of Kano State, may abandon the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in favor of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) ahead of the 2023 presidential election, barring any last-minute changes.
This was revealed during Kwankwaso’s meeting with the NNPP’s leadership in Abuja on Tuesday.
The purpose of Kwankwaso’s meeting was to finalize his membership in the party, which he would utilize to further his presidential bid in 2023.
Ambassador Agbo Gilbert Major, the NNPP’s departing National Secretary, revealed the former governor’s plans during the party’s Special National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
Major said Kwankwaso’s defection would be made public in the next few days.
According to Major, “We have read Nigerians speculating, the only thing I can tell you is that we are in deep talks with Kwankwaso, in fact we have almost concluded, in the next few days, we will be reverting to Nigerians to tell them what understanding we have had with him (Kwankwaso), but I can assure you that he is on his way into NNPP.”
He noted that the party would not grant Kwankwaso an automatic presidential ticket when he defects from the PDP.
Major said the former governor had assured members of the party that his move is not to hijack NNPP’s structure.
“The presidential ticket is not automatic. He (Kwankwaso) has told us that his moves towards coming into the party should not be seen as an attempt to take the ticket automatically,” he said.