The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has claimed that they are finalising talks for the defection of former Kano State Governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, to join the party.
Speaking on Tuesday, the outgoing National Secretary of the party, Ambassador Agbo Gilbert Major said the former Defence Minister and leader of the Kwankwasiyya movement will join the NNPP in a matter of days.
“Nigerians are getting set for the general election and we are meeting to reposition the party, and the frontiers are opening, a lot of Nigerians are coming in and there is need for us to adjust and accommodate the interests that are coming in,” he said.
“These are the very crucial decisions that we are about to take and it is going to midwife a national convention which will hold within the next 30 days. We have read Nigerians speculating, the only thing I can tell you is that we are in deep talks with Kwankwaso, in fact we have almost concluded, in the next few days, we will be reverting to Nigerians to tell them what understanding we have had with him (Kwankwaso), but I can assure you that he is on his way into NNPP,” Major added.
He however stated that Kwankwaso will not be given an automatic presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
According to him, other aspirants would be given the opportunity to contest against the two-time Governor for the ticket.
“The presidential ticket is not automatic, he (Kwankwaso) has told us that his moves towards coming into the party should not be seen as an attempt to take the ticket automatically, and we have encouraged other aspirants to come so that we can fully demonstrate the power of the rights of people,” he said