A senior member of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Buba Galadima, has described how PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar sent an ex-head of state to the NNPP candidate, Rabiu Kwankwaso, to resign on his behalf.
In an interview with Trust TV, Galadima predicted that Kwankwaso would defeat Atiku in his electoral district.
He further stated that the former vice president also sent religious leaders to plead with Kwankwaso to support him in the presidential election.
According to Galadima, Atiku spent billions of naira to persuade the religious leaders to go and talk to Kwankwaso to step down for him.
He said, “We will defeat Atiku in Jada Local Government of Adamawa State. Atiku is not in this race. Yes on paper he is but he is not a candidate. How would win and through what?
“Atiku is using religious leaders to appeal to Kwankwaso to step down for him, Atiku used former heads of state and prominent people to appeal to Kwankwaso, Atiku used traditional rulers, spent billions of naira to persuade them to go and talk to Kwankwaso to step down for him.
“He used northern groups to try to manipulate and say that they interviewed the presidential candidates and found Atiku to be the best. They know we know, they could not achieve their vision.
“We are more northerners than them. Kwankwaso is from Kano and I am from Gashua. My village to the extreme part of the north is about 50 kilometres so I am northerner than them and I am older.
“Recently he (Atiku) sent some three prominent Islamic scholars to Kwankwaso’s house to kneel for him and pleaded to step down, we sent them away. Yes, who are they? We respect that regalia but if they remove it, we will ask small boys to deal with them.”