Coalition calls on Atiku to step down for Kwankwaso

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Abuja, Feb. 22, 2023 – A coalition of civil society organisations has called on Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, to step down for Musa Kwankwaso, the candidate of the Nigeria Peoples Party, to avoid splitting of votes in the North.

Bishop Godwin Abah, the leader of the coalition, while addressing journalists in Abuja on Wednesday, said the destiny of Nigeria was at stake now and required the political sagacity and tenacity of purpose of Kwankwaso to redirect the country.

Abah said the organisations had meticulously assessed leading political parties and their presidential candidates and came to the conclusion that Kwankwaso stood out among other contenders for president.

“A servant-leader with milk of human kindness, Kwankwaso transformed Kano State as a two- term governor and will bring his wealth of experience as former Minister of Defence, Ambassador, Senator, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives etc., to bear on national governance as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

“It was also the opinion of the rural Nigerians that the coalition interfaced with that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should set aside his presidential aspiration for a dynamic, pragmatic, energetic and resourceful Kwankwaso.

“Accordingly, the coalition calls on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate to step down for the NNPP presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to avoid unnecessary splitting of votes in the North.

“Kwankwaso will inject fresh air in governance, restore hope to a bewildered nation that has seen more carnage than dividends of democracy and build a new Nigeria we all desire.

“Atiku has done his best for the nation, we appreciate his contribution as Vice President of Nigeria. He remains a statesman,” he said. (GBN)

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