A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Buba Galadima, on Tuesday, declared his intention to contest for presidency against President Muhammadu Buhari if Rabi’u Kwankwaso drops his presidential ambition.
Mr Galadima, who was the chief campaigner of Mr Buhari in 2015, is believed to have pitched his tent with Mr Kwankwaso, a serving senator representing Kano Central, who is reportedly vying for the presidency in 2019.
Speaking to Voice Of America, VOA, on Tuesday, Mr Galadima expressed his intention to support Mr Kwankwaso, if he decides to go on with his ambition to contest for presidency come 2019.
“Let me tell the world today that I will support Kwankwaso if he decides to go on with his presidential ambition in 2019.
“Because I believe Kwankwaso will turn things around in this country and will be very active to resolve the crisis within the APC.
“We will not allow candidate imposition in APC. We will make sure there will be primary elections within the party. And Kwankwaso is my preferred candidate.
“But if he decides to pull out, I will join the race to contest against Buhari,” he said
The outspoken politician also blamed Mr Buhari for being inactive to resolve the lingering crisis rocking APC.
He said: “Recently, Buhari visited Kano, Kaduna and other APC states, but he did not call the states’ party chieftains to meet over the lingering crisis in these states.”
“There are a lot of problems. For instance, during campaigns, APC promised 3 million jobs for Nigerian youth, but look at how the youth are roaming the streets without jobs. The lofty jobs are now reserved for the children of the elites.
The APC stalwart, however, said that he was not criticising the president, neither is he opposing him.
“I am only telling him the truth in order to do the needful and correct his mistakes in order to fulfil his campaign promises,” he stressed.