A group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) members on the platform of Southern Mandate of Nigeria (SMN) has appealed to the National Working Committee of the party to hold firm to the former governor of Kano state and serving Senator, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso ahead of the 2019 presidential election.
There have been speculations that leaders of main opposition People Democratic Party (PDP) were talking with Kwankwaso to lure him back to his former party.
But in a statement signed Monday in Abuja by the National Coordinator of the group Comrade Ikonomwan Francis, appealed to APC leaders not to take the moves for granted.
“Southern Mandate of Nigeria (SMN) wish to strongly advice the leadership of our party APC, to hold firm to Distinguished Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in the party because he is an immeasurable political asset to the party.”
The group also advised Senator Kwankwaso, who is the founder and grand commander of Kwankwasiyya movement, to create more awareness about the ideology behind the movement, saying “this will further boost the fortune of the group.”
The statement, while commending Kwankwasiyya as a movement, Southern Mandate of Nigeria said: “Kwankwasiyya Movement has become a binding force for all Nigerians irrespective of regional, ethnic, religious or political divide, because Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is an epitome of national integration in Nigeria.
“The grand commander of the Kwankwassiya movement in Nigeria has taken up the challenge to unite members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). He has initiated moves for the party to drive its government for accelerated development for the people in line with the party manifesto.
“Kwankwasiyya movement traditional colours of red and white has taken over the political space in states, senatorial, federal constituencies, local government greas, wards and even polling units across the Country. Some Governors, National Assembly members, and other elected officers are taken aback with this development when they visit their constituency.”