Kwankwaso is running for 2019 Presidency under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Former Minister of Defence and two-time governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso has said that he regrets ever supporting President Buhari during the 2015 general elections.
Kano State under Rabiu Kwankwaso is known to have delivered the votes that eventually made President Muhammadu (then candidate) as
Kwankwaso who is set to declare his intention for Presidency in 2019 on Wednesday 28th August 2018 said this while in Owerri, Imo State to woo delegates ahead of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) primaries.
While speaking he said; “Nigerians are fed up with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) “and would be happy seeing PDP return to power.
“I am sure other people like me that dumped the PDP to support President Muhammadu Buhari in 2014 against the then President Goodluck Jonathan are currently regretting their actions.”
“From North to South, the citizens are looking for a government that would not pay emphasis on religion, ethnicity, and culture but national development. PDP’s government in 2019 shall bring development and create the adequate platforms that provide jobs for teeming Nigerians.
“I have been in South-East in last few days and I want to say that the state of infrastructure in this region is incredible. It is either that the government lacks the capacity to improve the economy or something. Electricity is important in this country. The people need a government that will be just and provides jobs for teeming young Nigerians.” (Pulse)
He also spoke on the issue of restructuring and how it affects the South-East region of Nigeria.
“On the 29th of this month, I will officially declare my intention for the presidency. It will take place at Eagles Square,Abuja. I thank you so much for raising this issue of restructuring. I am a Nigerian and democratic. The issue of restructuring has been in the front burner. Even at the national conference, I listened and I participated.”
“Everybody has his own version of restructuring. Many want devolution of powers, resource control, and many other things. “But what I want to assure you is that we will listen to Nigerians.” I am on the same page with the Igbo on restructuring. We will do the necessary things to better Nigeria.” (Vanguard)
His spokesperson Binta Sipikin responded to questions by Premium Times on why his principal is not declaring his intention to run officially in his home state of Kano.
“He is declaring in Abuja because it is the nation’s capital, and this is a national event,” she said.
“We are considering people from various parts of the country who may want to come, but could find a meeting in Abuja easier than in Kano.”
Kwankwaso has been at loggerheads with his former deputy governor and incumbent governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.