Ladipo Johnson, the spokesperson for the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and its presidential candidate campaign, has said that the candidate, Senator Rabi’u Kwankwaso, has good reasons for rejecting northern elders’ invitation.
The Joint Arewa Committee had invited top presidential candidates for an interactive session.
The candidates invited for the dialogue are Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress; Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party; Kwankwaso of the NNPP; Peter Obi of Labour Party; Kola Abiola of People’s Redemption Party and Adewole Adebayo of Social Democratic Party.
Defending his boss rejection of the invitation, Johnson in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily said it was the best decision not to attend.
He said, “When that incident occurred as I stated the other time, there was a four-page press release. Remember he rejected the invitation even before the event.
“It occurred because he had good reasons to believe that some of the people involved were supporters of one of the presidential candidates.
“And he had his fingers burnt before in 2019 by some of those individuals. So he immediately said no, I am sorry I will not be attending.
“And it was based on the fact that we don’t want a situation whereby something would have happened then I start saying we should have said it earlier.”
Johnson added that Kwankwaso would not step down for anyone in the coming presidential election, saying that he is better experienced to lead Nigeria.