Governor of Kano State and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said he is not under any pressure to step down for Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar in the contest for the party’s presidential ticket for the 2015 election.
Kwankwaso added that the APC was not a small party that the decision of who becomes its presidential flag bearer in next year presidential election would be taken in the bedroom of a party leader.
He said, “I’m not under any pressure to step down for anybody. In fact, nobody asked me to step down for anybody and doing that will not be even good for the party.
“You see many people are used to either small parties or let me say medium-sized parties where people sit down and choose somebody in a room. Now we are talking about APC mega party, which is not ANPP, CPC, APGA or ACN.
“It’s a collection of all and we always tell people to look at the example of PDP. From 1999 to 2011, each election they had to go for primary elections not arranged election, but real elections.”
The governor, writing on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, took a swipe at the Peoples Democratic Party, saying that the party had resorted to conducting its presidential primary in the Presidential Villa. This, he added, was an indication of PDP losing the 2015 presidential election to APC.
Kwankwaso said, “Even when we have sitting presidents in 2003 and 2011, there were elections, serious elections. And that’s why the PDP has been winning all along and all others who were making arranged elections were losing elections.
“As you can see as fate would have it, now PDP has decided to do their own primary in the Villa and the APC is going to the field. That shows us clearly that APC will win elections and the PDP will lose election in 2015.”