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Published On: Mon, Oct 13th, 2014

Kwankwaso set to declare ambition on Oct. 23

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gov-Kwankwaso-2By Umar Muhammad Puma

Following the failure of efforts to broker a consensus deal between presidential aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso of Kano state has decided to go ahead with plans to publicly declare his presidential ambition on October 23rd.

Speaking to Peoples Daily at the weekend, a chieftain of the party, and one of his campaign coordinators, Olisaemeka Akamukali said barring any unforeseen circumstances, the governor will be unveiling his presidential campaign by next week Thursday.

He dismissed reports that the governor may have slowed down his campaign due to pressures to yield ground to Mohammadu Buhari, saying rather that it is the former Head of State that should make way for a younger and more vibrant candidate in line with the need for generational shift.

“Now in as much as we agree that Buhari is a man of integrity but you will also agree with me that age is not on his side. He is 73 going to 74 years and Ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar is about 70 years old. But Kwakwanso will be 58 by October 21st.

Speaking on the chances of Kwakwanso against the much more established older politicians in the race, Akamukali said it is not true that the governor is a dark horse in the contest.

According to him, Governor Kwakwanso has had long years of experience in politics beginning in 1991 when he emerged the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).

“Kwakwanso has long years of experience in politics. He has been a parliamentarian, a governor and two-time minister. When he contested governorship election in Kano state and lost, he congratulated the winner and waited for 8 years before staging a come-back to defeat the incumbent.

He added “The governor is a grassroots politician and one who tries to carry his followers along in his undertakings. Today, many people describe him as a dark horse in the presidential contest, but this is wrong assertion because many politicians, especially in the PDP do not like what is happening in their party.

Remember he was once a member of the Group of seven governors who protested the going-on in his former party. I will not be surprised if many of them still in the PDP will want to support his aspiration to become president.

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