The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, Rabiu Kwankwaso has said that they are still open to receiving Peter Obi as the party’s running mate till the 15th of July
Speaking in an interview with Punch, the former governor of Kano State stated that they have a lot of candidates to choose their vice presidency from and one of them is Obi.
He went on to explain that the party would like a running mate from the South East so they could combat the disturbance in the region.
He insisted that a vice president from the South-East would be able to negotiate with the leaders of the region and come up with a solution to the crisis.
He said: “We are still flexible on the issue of running mate up till 15th of this month (July). We are waiting to get the right person. I’m so happy that there are many Nigerians. We have many options in the NNPP in the South to choose a good vice-presidential candidate; one of them is the Labour Party man (Peter Obi).
“Left to me, if it will solve the problem of the South-East and minimise the challenges of the region to the barest level, that’s why the NNPP wants to take its vice-president (from there). Under normal circumstances, anytime we are sworn in because the problem is political, he (vice-president) will call the people and sit with them. At least, someone is there. If he likes, he can talk to them in Igbo (language) and see how it can be resolved. I am from the northern part of Nigeria and of course, everyone can tell that the solution to the happenings in my region is at our fingertips. It is just about talking to the people. As I said, no one is talking to them (people of the South-East). The Nigerian security agencies are above all the bandits, and terrorists we have seen. It is just a matter of doing the right thing. We have the answer at our fingertips. If we add the political will, our young men and women who are in uniform will go and do their job. “
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