The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has picked Archbishop Isaac Idahosa as his running mate in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Idahosa, who is from Edo state is the presiding Bishop and the senior pastor of God First Ministry, popularly known as Illumination Assembly, Lekki Light Centre (LLC), Lagos.
The party made the announcement on Thursday in a short statement via its Twitter handle.
The tweet read: “Our VP Pastor Bishop Isaac Idahosa from Edo State.”
Our VP Pastor Bishop Isaac Idahosa from Edo State. pic.twitter.com/11A8t8OAK7
— Official NNPP (@0fficialNNPPng) July 14, 2022
Kwankwaso’s choice of Idahosa comes after a collapsed negotiation with Labour Party for a joint ticket with Peter Obi, a former Anambra State governor, as neither Obi nor Kwankwaso agreed to be a running mate.
Kwankwaso had argued that northern voters will not vote for Obi if he is made the standard bearer of the merger of the two parties.
“The implication is if you put somebody from the south-east, unfortunately, there are many issues in the south-east,” Kwankwaso said on Channels Television.
“You see, northern voters are the worst hit by this country’s maladministration issue. Even under that circumstance, a northern voter also believes that he is better as a one united Nigeria.”
Last week Peter Obi unveiled Datti Baba-Ahmed, former lawmaker who represented Kaduna North Senatorial district as his running mate.
Ifunanya Ikueze is an Engineer, Safety Professional, Writer, Investor, Entrepreneur and Educator.
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