Bishop Isaac Idahosa, a vice presidential candidate for the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), asserts that Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP) lacks Rabiu Kwankwaso’s record of accomplishments.
In response to former president Olusegun Obasanjo’s endorsement of Obi in a six-page open letter, Idahosa made the remarks during a live interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Tuesday.
During the second term of the Obasanjo government, between 2003 and 2007, Kwankwaso held the position of minister of defense.
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The cleric claimed that although the NNPP has received several endorsements, they are being kept a secret.
“If I mention to you a few that have endorsed us, you will marvel, and over time, you will begin to see the manifestations of all I’ve been saying. We’ve been doing a whole lot. Peter Obi is endorsed based on what the elder statesman, former president (Obasanjo) said of his track records, which we have even much more.
“We talk about the track record, vision, character, and the physique. These are the things that indeed must be found and seen in any leader as a very good attribute or quality.
“My own principal, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has got all this in abundance. Talk about track record, what he’s been able to achieve and he’s still on there as a very proper, visible legacy in Kano, when he was a two-term governor,” Idahosa said.
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The NNPP vice presidential candidate defended the party’s choice to remain silent about its endorsements by asserting that the party is “in it to win it.”
With the upcoming election on February 25, he stated that those who “undermine us should go on ahead and undermine us,” adding, “you will call me back to say congratulations.”
Idahosa contends that despite Obasanjo’s rejection of a former cabinet member, there is no reason for dissatisfaction.
“He is but one among 200 million people endorsing a candidate. So many more will endorse who they want to endorse. He has the entitlement to endorse who he wants to endorse. Why would I be disappointed? The former president has got just one vote to cast.
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“It depends on what impact it has on Peter Obi and the Labour Party. But for us, the NNPP, we are never disappointed. It’s just another way to saw, ‘Move on ahead. Get courageous and get at the goal,’” he said.
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