Mukhtar Shagari, former deputy governor of Sokoto state, says he rejected an offer to be the running mate of Peter Obi, Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate.
Shagari, who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (Party), said Obi cannot win the 2023 presidential election.
He said this in an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today.
Giving reasons why Obi cannot win the election, Shagari said the Labour Party has no presence in Sokoto where he comes from — for instance.
“I was contacted to be the running mate of Peter Obi. I told them I will not be able to leave my Party because I believe in the philosophy of my Party, I believe in what my Party stands for Nigeria and I also believe that the Labour Party will not be able to beat my party at any election,” he said.
“What is happening? So many young people as you said, who are those young people? I asked the Labour Party members that contacted me, ‘Tell me who really is the Chairman of Labour Party in Sokoto State? Who are the candidates of Labour Party in Sokoto State? Who is contesting for Senate? Who is contesting for governorship and so on and so forth, I did not get any successful answer.
“The issue is at any point in time, Nigerians are not looking for lofty ideas, Nigerians are looking for solutions to the problems and maladies of this country in the area of economy, in the area of security, in the area of infrastructure, in the area of poverty alleviation.”