The Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwanso, has said that all those aspiring to become President in the All Progressives Congress are better than President Goodluck Jonathan.
He also said because of the array of aspirants in the APC, it would be wrong to assume that the party would split after its presidential primary.
Kwankwanso, who spoke with journalists in Abuja on Friday evening, said it was also wrong to assume that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party has a presidential candidate already.
Apart from Kwankwanso, other presidential aspirants in the APC are a former Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.); a former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and a newspaper Publisher, Mr. Sam Nda-Isaiah.
The governor said he would openly declare his intention in October 28, adding that it was difficult for him to secure a venue for the declaration.
But now he said he had paid for the event to hold at Old Parade Ground, hoping that the owners of the venue would not change their mind.
He also revealed that all the aspirants had agreed to work with whosever wins the party’s presidential primary, saying none of them would leave the party.
The governor said, “For people like me who have millions of supporters all over the country, I’m not the type that will be jumping from one party to the other. I can’t go back(to the PDP).
“One of us, not two or three, will win the primary. All of us believe than all our candidates are better than the President. If I didn’t get it, in a free and fair primary, that is okay. None of us is thinking of leaving the party.”
On whether President Jonathan could be said to be the candidate of the PDP, he said no, adding that the President was not even sure whether he could run as the Constitution only specifies eight-year tenure for the occupier of the office of the President.
He said if the president runs again having been in office for close to six years now, he would be violating the constitution in case he wins in 2015.
He said, “If it was certain (that he is the candidate of the PDP), he would have declared long time ago. He keeps on changing the time and dates of his declaration. You know that some people are in court.
“Because he didn’t declare, the court decided to throw the case away. I’m sure that immediately he declares, probably those people will certainly go back to court.
“The constitution says eight years and not ten years for the President. He has done six years now. So we wait to see.”