Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, says he is considering succeeding the President, Muhammadu Buhari in the next presidential election in 2023 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
Recalled that a former presidential spokesman, Dr Doyin Okupe, had earlier in 2021 declared his ambition.
While these men have yet to officially declare their presidential bid, other suspected aspirants in the PDP include former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar; Governors Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto State) and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi State), among others.
Kwankwanso, while featuring on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels television monitored by our correspondent on Sunday, dismissed the power rotation between the North and the South as well as religious considerations for the president and the vice-president.
Kwankwaso, while in the APC, was among the aspirants who contested against Buhari for the party’s ticket in 2015 and 2019.
When asked if he still had the ambition to become the President of Nigeria, he said, “The answer is: right at the moment, I am making all the necessary consultations and contacts. We have friends all over the country; we are talking to each other and I believe that we are almost there because this is 2022 and the election itself is coming (in the) the first quarter of 2023.
“I think it is a matter of a little bit of patience. I think in the next couple of months everything will be clear and will even invite you to come and hear our position on the issue of the contest. We don’t just go into the field.”