Media scholar, Farooq Kperogi, on Saturday said the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, did not contest the 2023 election because he wanted to win.
POLITICS NIGERIA reports that writing in his weekly column, Kperogi said the former Kano State governor “only wanted to leverage his presidential run to help his son-in-law get elected as governor of Kano State”. The US-based Professor was referring to Abba Kabir Yusuf, the governor-elect of Kano State.
“It was always obvious to any disinterested observer that Kwankwaso was a local Kano champion, that he (Kwankwaso) wasn’t in the presidential race to win it, and that he only wanted to leverage his presidential run to help his son-in-law get elected as governor of Kano State. And he achieved his goal.
“Kwankwaso won Kano State convincingly in the presidential election, but didn’t even win second place in Jigawa, which used to be a part of Kano State until relatively recently. That’s a classic instantiation of a local champion,” Kperogi wrote.