A former governor of the old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, explains to GODWIN ISENYO why he will support the National Assembly’s move to remove President Muhammadu Buhari from office and his reported endorsement of Omoyele Sowore to contest the 2019 presidential election on the ticket of the PRP
Why did you ask the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, to use the Peoples Redemption Party as the platform to actualise his 2019 presidential ambition?
I didn’t give Sowore the PRP platform to contest the 2019 presidential election. What happened is this. He told me that he had presidential ambition and that he was going round the country, discussing with all the registered political parties to know what each of them stands for so that he could choose the political party that would enable him to realise his ambition. He said he was here to see me because he was assessing the possibility of contesting as a presidential candidate. I told him that he was welcome and that he could contest on the platform of the Peoples Redemption Party.
What is the implication of your action?
I can’t stop anybody from contesting on the platform of the PRP. The PRP has to be open to everybody. In fact, it’s against the law to restrict membership of the PRP.
Are you saying that you have not given Sowore the automatic ticket of the PRP to contest the presidential election in 2019?
Yes. I can’t even offer him. It is the party that can offer him after the primary election.
How well do you know Sowore?
I don’t even know him. There are two or three other presidential aspirants who want to contest on the platform of the PRP and I don’t know anything about them. We will assess the aspirants when we start the process of the primary election.
Do you think he will fight corruption considering some allegations of blackmail already levelled against him in some quarters?
I don’t know anything about him. I don’t even know his suitability. The point is that the PRP is a political party that is open to everybody. We can’t restrict membership of the party. We can’t even stop anybody from aspiring on the platform of the party. As from now, we will try to find out who he is; what he is doing; his past and so on. We have started the process since he has contacted us and expressed his wish.