The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso has denied having any plans to step down from the 2023 race.
He also rubbished suggestions that NNPP might be forming an alliance with other opposition parties in order to wrestle power from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Kwankwaso who spoke with journalists in Maiduguri, Borno State capital, on Sunday, those championing the claims of stepping down or alliance are simply being mischievous.
In his words, “Some people are terribly mischievous and I don’t see how any of these four political parties at this critical time will accept joining one another. There are some elements making mischievous postings and insults on social media, but we believe in sportsmanship and we are out for good campaign.”
“To say NNPP will join or withdraw for APC or PDP is absolutely rubbish; it can’t happen.”
Earlier, Naija News reported Kwankwaso had expressed optimism about defeating the two main parties at the polls.
He said: “Some are envisaging that there will not be an outright winner in the first round of the presidential election but from our own camp, we believe that we are going to win during the first round of the presidential election because we have the people.”
While fuming about the underrated attributes, the NNPP candidate also stated that those saying his popularity is limited to Kano or the Northwest alone are mistaken.
“Some people are saying Kwankwaso’s political base is Kano state and I am so happy about that because Kano is not a small state in terms of millions of registered voters, some are saying Northwest and others are saying the North is the only base for Kwankwaso but they are making a mistake. Unfortunately, some people are now campaigning on social media; they have employed irresponsible people talking about things that they know is not true but we have kept on telling their masters. To say that anyone of us is withdrawing for the other, everybody knows that is absolutely impossible.”
The former Kano State Governor added that he was a founding member of both the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the APC, saying their failures led to the establishment of NNPP and there’s no way he would go back to the parties that had led Nigeria into problems.
“Don’t forget that six months ago. there was nothing like NNPP; it was when we joined that it became the force that it is today and from now to another six months, only God knows what this party will become.”
“The people of goodwill are now saying, how do we get out of it because nobody wants this country to collapse and that’s is why you see people coming into the movement to rescue the country.
You see these parties, the PDP and APC, I was a founding member of all the two but they have derailed completely and that is why some of us had to leave and bring in a new thing; that was why we brought NNPP and people are buying into it.”