A former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso has prioritized strategy over zoning ahead of the 2023 general election.
Kwankwanso, while featuring on Sunday Politics, a current affairs programme on Channels television monitored VANTAGE NEWS, said strategy should be the primary focus and not power rotation between the North and the South as well as religious considerations for the president and the vice-president.
Kwankwaso, who decanped to the Peoples Democratic Party from the ruling All Progressives Congress, was among the aspirants who contested against Buhari for the party’s ticket in 2015 and 2019.
Responding to a question on his ambition to be Nigeria’s president come 2023, 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.”
Kwankwaso was asked about the North retaining power after Buhari’s presidency and not shifting to the South.
In response, he said, “Many people are mixing what ordinarily shouldn’t come together at all. We have PDP, we have APC, we have APGA and we have many other parties today in this country. The issue of where a party puts its presidency or vice-presidency is a matter of strategy.”