A Presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP and Senator representing Kano-Central in the National Assembly, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said the PDP lost in the 2015 presidential election, because they fielded only one candidate.
Speaking yesterday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Kwankwaso boasted that the party’s chance of victory in next year’s election was high based on the number of aspirants in the presidential race compared to that of 2015.
“In 2015, PDP had only one candidate and it lost the election. If you look at it statistically, from 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, PDP had very competitive (aspirants) at primary elections and was winning the general elections in those election years. But in 2015, it decided to print only one form for one person and it lost the election”, he said.
Kwankwanso claimed many PDP members left for the All Progressive Congress (APC) after the 2015 general elections, because of impunity.
“PDP, in my opinion, learnt its lessons. In 2015, PDP was very arrogant and believed that whatever happens, they would win the elections”, he said.
“They (PDP) never thought that an incumbent could lose the election. They had at that time, some level of impunity that many of us felt that was not the best way to handle the government, the party and of course the country.
“That was why we decided to defect to the APC, mobilised the people and at the end of the day, we won the election,” the former Kano Governor said.