Immediate past governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, on Thursday, picked holes in the agitation by some stakeholders for the emergence of a President of Northern extraction in 2015, describing such calls as “all rubbish”.
Shekarau also stated that the recent defection of the state governor, Engr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress would not affect the chances of the ruling party come 2015.
The former presidential candidate of the now defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, who recently defected to the PDP, made this known while speaking with State House correspondents after a meeting with Vice-President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Shekarau said he had always opposed the idea of zoning of elective positions, especially the presidency to a particular region.
His words, “I have never subscribed to the argument of localising the Presidency to a particular region. If you had followed my arguments and my presentations or debates during the presidential election, I said so. My concern is what do we do to get the right leadership regardless of where it is coming from.
“This issue of rotational presidency is not the issue. What we should be talking about is balancing so that we can carry the people along. Today, if I am a presidential candidate from Kano and I tell you that my running mate is from Katsina, won’t you think I am crazy?
“Do I have to have that written in any document or constitution for me to know that if I am a presidential candidate from Kano, my running mate has to come from the other side?
“So, this argument that it has to be my turn and it has to be my village man is all rubbish. It is the problem of lack of confidence among ourselves”.
When asked whether he was ready to campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan if he emerged the presidential candidate of PDP in next year’s elections, Shekarau said he was prepared to campaign for any candidate of the party at any level.
“I am prepared to campaign for the PDP and whoever turns out to be the candidate of the PDP at any level is my candidate,” he said.
On Kwankwaso’s defection, Shekarau said, “His (Kwankwaso’s) defection cannot kill PDP. Those who are current with the situation on the ground know that the governor of Kano State had long before now been out of the PDP.
The former governor, however, tactically avoided a question on whether he has now found the PDP’s ideology similar to his.
“I have always argued that these parties are one and the same. It is all about Nigeria and Nigerians; it is all about what we do to move the nation forward”, he said.
“Everybody is talking about serving Nigerians. We are all heading to the same destination. The only difference is that we are taking different routes”.