A Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has said that what makes him different from other party’s presidential contestants is that he is the luckiest to have come from Kano state, the most populous state in the country.
He said the last Census conducted by the National Population Commission, NPC, as well as the number of registered voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission,INEC, showed that Kano is the most populous state in the country, arguing that since politics is a game of number, the population of his state was to his advantage ahead of other Aspirants.
Kwankwaso who made the assertion in Ebonyi state when he came on a consultation visit to Governor David Umahi and other party leadership, disclosed that people had been wanting to know what makes him different from other aspirants, but he could simply say, he is lucky to come from Kano, the most populous state in the country.
He commended the people of Ebonyi state for having a governor whom he said was doing very well.
“I, can comfortably recommend him for you for a second tenure. Anybody like him deserves 8 years so that he can complete the projects and programs he has started and even do more in the future. So, I congratulate the people of Ebonyi state and I’m so happy that we have such Governors in the PDP”, he added.
He pledged to carry all party members at all levels along if elected president of the country.
Kwankwaso said he was in the Ebonyi to handover Kwankwasiya group to the Governor Umahi as the leader of the party in the state as all of them were now in PDP after his defection from APC and urged the governor to try as much as possible to accommodate them.
He stated that Kwankwasiya group was a movement whose membership spread across the country including Ebonyi state, saying that the Governor may be surprised to know that even some people working under him belong to Kwankwasiya movement.
“Your Excellency, let me say that we have a movement and that movement was started in Kano many years ago. It started from my ward to local government down to the state and to the entire Northern Nigeria and now, across the country. And that movement is the Kwankwasiya movement. Your Excellency, many people at your level won’t know the level of mobilization across the country even in your state.
“Because when we started, we did not involve this people at thia table; because when we started, to them, it was too early and probably that was not the best way to start but we have witnessed expansion. When I contested governor in 1998 in Kano, there was no senior person that would say he was my leader in Kano.
“What we did was to mobilise market women, youths and people from motor parks; to the extent that one senior politician came to me and said only God can stop you Kwankwaso. And I asked him why? He said he has gone round Kano and have seen the level of mobilization and that if PDP refuses to give you ticket, the party will be in a mess.
“When the governorship primary was held and thank God, direct primary was adopted, where all party members with membership cards were allowed to vote, I won all the 44 LGAs of Kano. Your Excellency, today that mobilization is everywhere in the northern Nigeria. Today, you can hardly get any household without a member of Kwankwasiya.
“Your may not know your Excellency especially when you are not supporting me that those under you are carrying the membership cards of kwankwasiya group in their pockets. A friend of mine told me that when the pressure was much to join Kwankwasiya movement, he called his family to convince them to join the group, they started laughing at him and when he asked them why they were laughing at him? They told him they were already members of Kwankwasiya and that why they did not tell him earlier was because he is always criticizing Kwankwasiya”.
Responding, Governor David Umahi said Kwankwaso demonstrated his abilities to govern as a former Kano Governor, adding that he was eminently qualified to become the president of the country.
He said Ebonyi and the entire southeast would negotiate with all the presidential Aspirants so as to know what they stand to benefit from each of them before they could make their choice.
Umahi also noted that there was need for equity, justice and fairness to be upheld in the dealings with the entire people of Nigeria by any government in power to end the growing disunity and suspicion in the land.