Only Time Can Tell If I Will Join Tinubu’s Govt- Kwankwaso 




By Okunade Kehinde

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the 2023 general elections, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that only time could tell if he would join the government of President Bola Tinubu.

Kwankwaso said the party would work with the All Progressives Congress (APC) when neccessary.

He made these assertions while speaking with BBC Hausa on the allegation that he had reached an agreement with Tinubu before the judgment.

The NNPP leader said he did not reach any agreement with Tinubu or anyone over the Supreme Court verdict on the Kano State governorship election tussle.

Supreme Court affirmed the NNPP’s Abba Kabir Yusuf as the duly elected governor of Kano after series of litigations.

Last year September, the tribunal nullified the victory of Yusuf, in the March 18 governorship election.

The tribunal also affirmed Nasiru Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the duly elected governor of Kano.

On November 13, the Court of Appeal upheld the verdict of the tribunal. In its ruling, the Appeal Court agreed with the judgement of the tribunal, ruling that the fielding of Yusuf was in breach of the Electoral Law as he was not qualified to contest the election. But the governor proceeded to the Supreme Court to seek redress.

“All I know is that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is my contemporary. I joined politics at the same time as him in SDP. Then he was a senator and I was serving as the deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. In 1999, he was my colleague as the governor of Lagos State.

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“We founded the APC together and we participated fully in the struggles which followed up. People should know that a lie has a short life. Despite the machinations those people staged, the judges have done what is right.

“There is no problem. They have their party; we have our own. We will work together where necessary. On the issue of joining the government, only time can tell”, said Kwankwaso.

“Kabir Yusuf is the governor. We can only advise. Even if he were a biological son, I can’t rule over him. I have given him pieces of advice even before the government came in. There are thousands of people like me. I can’t do it alone. When a governor or a president does well, the credit goes to him. If he does otherwise, the blame is directed at him.

“People misunderstand this. When I was a governor, I would pick suggestions kept by people even in dustbins. The same is on radio stations and newspapers. For everything has an appointed time. Those who succeed should be allowed to prove their worth.

“There were errors with the previous judgment, but the Supreme Court undid what the lower courts did. If it were in other climes, those who delivered the judgments in the lower courts would quit their jobs”, said Kwankwaso.

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