After 4hr-meeting in Paris, Kwankwaso allegedly strikes a deal with Tinubu, may join cabinet

Tinubu and Kwankwaso 

Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the president-elect, and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, who flew the flag of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in the February 25 presidential election, reportedly met for four hours in Paris, France, on Monday, May 15, 2023. 

TheCable, an online news media, exclusively reports that at the centre of discussion, between the duo was potential involvement of Kwankwaso in the in-coming administration. 

Tinubu, it has been alleged, plans to form a “government of national unity”, which means giving certain positions to opposition parties.

The meeting, the report also noted, discussed issues around the election of the legislative leaders ahead of the June 13 inauguration of the 10th National Assembly.

Although the All Progressives Congress (APC) has zoned the two top positions in both chambers, some of its members are kicking against the formula and threatening to go into an alliance with the opposition to torpedo the arrangement.

While APC has 59 senators and 175 members of the houses of reps, NNPP has two and 19 respectively.

A simple majority of 56 senators and 181 reps are needed to elect the top two leaders in the respective chambers.

TheCable report when on also to confirm that Tinubu’s representatives have also been meeting with key figures in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The report states, going by information it said to have gathered from insiders: “The Paris meeting between Tinubu and Kwankwaso started at 12.30pm and ended at 4.45pm.

“Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of reps and presumptive chief of staff to the president-elect, attended the meeting while Abdulmumin Jibrin, an NNPP rep-elect and former leader of a Tinubu campaign organisation, accompanied Kwankwaso.

Oluremi Tinubu, senator and wife of president-elect received Kwankwaso’s wife, Salamatu.

Tinubu and Kwankwaso reminisced on their relationship dating back to the national assembly in 1992.

“Tinubu was a senator while Kwankwaso was deputy speaker in the house of reps. Kwankwaso, in principle, agreed to join Tinubu’s government subject to consultations with the stakeholders on both sides. Tinubu is expected to brief Kashim Shettima, the vice-president elect, APC governors forum and other party leaders while Kwankwaso will do same with his party leadership.

“Tinubu expressed concern over the strained relations between Abdullahi Ganduje, outgoing governor of Kano state, and Kwankwaso, and promised to broker peace between them. (Ganduje was deputy to Kwankwaso when he was governor of Kano from 2011 to 2015 but they have soon parted ways.)”

Recall that Tinubu polled 8,797,726 votes to win the presidential election, beating PDP’s Atiku Abubakar by a margin of of two million. Kwankwaso came distant 4th polling 1.5 million, which many analysts believe were votes that could have gone to Atiku if the former Kano governor had not defected from the PDP.
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