Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje believes that Peter Obi’s presidential ambitions will cause problems for the country’s main opposition party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party.
According to Ganduje, the emergence of Obi in the South-East will harm the Peoples Democratic Party because he will divide the region’s votes.
The governor was quoted as saying: “The emergence of Labour Party with Obi as the presidential candidate, I think is a good omen to APC because our major competitor, contender is PDP and look at it; what is our political investment in the South-East?; the votes we got from Nassarawa local government in Kano metropolitan was much higher than the total votes APC got in the five states of South-East; so you can see that if there is any problem politically in South-East; it is the PDP that will suffer the much.
“So, the emergence of Obi from south eastern part of this country, I think it is something that it is the votes of PDP he will snatch away.”
Ganduje also added that the emergence of Musa Kwankaso as a presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Political Party, NNPP, was no way a threat to the APC but a plus.
“Kwankwaso is a presidential candidate; there’s no doubt about that but equally to say that we are fully on the ground and many of his people are now in our political party so you can see that if Kwankwaso thinks that he can win the party; let him hold a rally or match like this, I assure you, compare them, compare what we have and if he can do.”
“When you talk of the Kwankwaso group, you will see that the group too has reduced in strength because a great number of them remained and came back to APC after seeing that their party will go nowhere in the presidential election; even at the state level we will slug it out but I assure you, APC is a party to beat in Kano State.”
Ganduje’s submission comes a day after Chief Charles Udeogaranya, a former presidential aspirant in the 2019 general elections, warned Nigerians to prepare to live in squalor, concrete hardship, and acute economic austerity, If they fail to elect Peter Obi, in the 2023 presidential elections.
The former APC Chieftain warning came barely 72 hours after the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) disclosed that 133 million Nigerians are multi-dimensionally poor, a status that exceeds the World Bank projection on Nigeria.