Kwankwaso Vows To Defeat Tinubu, Atiku In 2023

By Damilare Adeleye

The presidential standard-bearer of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and national leader the Kwankwasiya movement, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has reiterated his commitment to defeat the candidates of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubarkar, and All Progressive Congress, Ahmed Tinubu, in the 2023 presidential election.

Kwankwaso said this when he was being interviewed by newsmen on Friday.

He noted that his party has gained much popularity to enable him clinch electoral victory in 2023.

He said, “The Kwankwasiya movement is very popular, and we’ll even win in the North-Eastern region. I’m happy that the Electoral Bill was signed into law, and that would make it difficult for anyone to rig us as they’ve always done in the past.

Once there’s a free and fair election, it’ll be difficult for anyone to defeat us. Hence, I am certain of victory against Presidential candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, and Atiku Abubakar of the major opposition, Peoples Democratic Party, at the polls in 2023.”

When asked if he would be ready to step down for any candidates from the two major political parties, Kwankwaso said, “I won’t be stepping down for anyone, our party is popular across the country, and we’re sure of victory at the polls.

Our candidacy is based on capacity and performance. Nigerians will not vote for any experiment now, people are looking for those that have done it better in the past, and people who are trusted. Nigerians want someone that can unite Nigeria, improve the education system, and end the issue of incessant insecurity. We’ve always cared for the people. And many, especially the poor masses, were happy that I got the presidential ticket of the NNPP.”

He added, “It is not me that would defeat Tinubu and Atiku, rather, it is the masses of this country that believes in us. Although I and the party will only be a symbol on the ballot paper, it is the people that will go to the polling booths to vote them out because the difference between me and the two other major candidates is very clear. They are well-known to Nigerians, and they have nothing new to tell Nigerians. And I am also well-known, and the people know what I stand for.

Reacting to how he intends to penetrate the South-West and the South-East, he said, “Our party has grown very fast. Months ago no one knew about the party, but in the last four months, the party has been popular across the country. The NNPP is now a household name, we have leadership and followership across the nation. Our ideology is different.

We also have so many supporters who are indigenous to the Southern region of the country. And, of course, the Arewa community in the Southern region would have no other choice but to vote for us because I’ve always represented their interests.

On the issue of running mate, NNPP flag-bearer said, “We’re currently making consultations, and a committee will be instituted to help get the best Nigerian who will be a Christian from the Southern part of the country as the Vice-Presidential candidate of our party.

The Kwankwasiya national movement is already in the Southern part of the country. And we’d get someone that is widely accepted in the Southern part of the country as my running-mate, and I’m sure they would come with their own benefits to be added to the NNPP for the success of the party. And when we come together no candidate of the APC or the PDP would be able to defeat us.”