2023 Election: Kwankwaso To Visit Wike Today
The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP),Rabiu Kwankwaso will meet the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt this afternoon in continuation of his search for a running mate for the 2023 election. PREMIUM NEWS reports.
Mr Kwankwaso had been holding talks with Peter Obi of the Labour Party in exploration of the posibility of the two parties merging or forming an alliance for the election.
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But the talks are believed to have been bogged down, especially by the knotty issue of who between the two presidential candidates would step down to become the running mate of the other. Information Guide Nigeria
The two sides also said discussions between the politicians at the meeting would likely focus on the 2023 presidential election.
The two have remained in contact even after Mr Kwankwaso defected from the PDP. It would be recalled that the NNPP candidate helped Mr Wike to win substantial votes from Kano delegates at the PDP primary last month.
Associates of the former governor are in control of the leadership of the PDP in Kano, despite his own defection with many of his supporters from the party.
However, it is not clear whether Mr Wike would be persuaded to dump the PDP too and be Mr Kwankwaso’s running mate.
Although the period for the nomination of candidates has closed, a presidential or governorship candidate can substitute their running mate who withdraws before July 15.