The vice presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Bishop Isaac Idahosa, has said the track record of his principal, Rabiu Kwankwaso supplants that of the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Idahosa stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily. His comment follows the endorsement of Obi by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
Although the NNPP has received several endorsements, the cleric said that they are being kept a secret.
The NNPP vice presidential candidate argued that the party is “in it to win it” and hence has every right to remain silent on its endorsements.
“If I mention to you a few that have endorsed us, you will marvel, and over time, you will begin to see the manifestations of all I’ve been saying. We’ve been doing a whole lot. Peter Obi is endorsed based on what the elder statesman, former president (Obasanjo) said of his track records, which we have even much more.
“We talk about the track record, vision, character, and physique. These are the things that indeed must be found and seen in any leader as a very good attribute or quality.
“My principal, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has got all this in abundance. Talk about track record, what he’s been able to achieve and he’s still on there as a very proper, visible legacy in Kano when he was a two-term governor,” Idahosa said.
He asserted that those who “undermine us should continue to do so,” adding that with the upcoming election on February 25th, “you will call me back to say congratulations.”
Idahosa asserts that despite Obasanjo’s refusal to support a former member of his government, there is no reason to be disappointed.
“He is but one among 200 million people endorsing a candidate. So many more will endorse who they want to endorse. He has the entitlement to endorse who he wants to endorse. Why would I be disappointed? The former president has got just one vote to cast.
“It depends on what impact it has on Peter Obi and the Labour Party. But for us, the NNPP, we are never disappointed. It’s just another way to say, ‘Move on ahead. Get courageous and get at the goal,’” he said.
Kwankwaso had served as Minister of Defence between 2003 and 2007, during the second term of the Obasanjo administration.
The endorsement of Peter Obi by former President Olusegun Obasanjo seems to have raised concerns for various individuals and parties, although the NNPP has claimed it is the party to beat, with other political parties being optimistic of victory in the poll, do you think Obansanjo’s endorsement places any candidate above?