Former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not win in Kano State in the 2019 general election.
Kwankwaso, made this known in a statement by his spokesperson, Binta Spikin, in reaction to Transportation Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s comment on Buhari’s chances in the poll.
THEWILL recalls that Amaechi had on Friday boasted that Buhari will win in Sokoto, Kano and Bauchi States in the 2019 general elections even if he was taken to the states “on a sick bed”.
Amaechi said this following the defection of Kwankwaso from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), also revealing that the governors of Sokoto and Kwara states, Aminu Tambuwal and Abdulfatah Ahmed, will leave the APC.
“On those that defected at the House of Representatives and Senate, where do they come from? They come from areas that the President is comfortable. Do you honestly believe that the President will lose election in Sokoto? We are not God, but it’s one of his comfort zones,” Amaechi who heads Buhari’s 2019 campaign organisation stated.
“If you bring the President on a sick bed to Bauchi and Kano, he will win and he has never lost election in Bauchi. But that is a bit arrogant on our side; we should not underestimate them.”
In her response, Spikin insisted that Kwankwaso’s defection will not only affect the votes in Kano State but has brought down the APC.
“I think his defection will greatly affect the votes in 2019. His defection will not only affect the chances of the APC in Kano, his defection has brought down APC,” she said.
“If you look across Nigeria today, not Kano alone, there’s nowhere in Nigeria that you don’t have the presence of Kwankwasiyya (supporters of Mr Kwankwaso).
“Kano is his home base and he is well grounded in Kano. Even without the government, he had a 60 percent of the voters, so what do you think will happen now that he has joined forces with people like Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau?
“Even if the government puts whatever in place, there is no way President Buhari will win in Kano, there’s no way.”
Kwankwaso was one of the 15 APC Senators who defected to the PDP last Tuesday.