Ahead of the 2023 general election, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has refuted the claim that their Presidential candidate, Sen Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso is not under pressure from regional leaders to step down for their preferred candidate.
This is coming as the party said there is no doubt about the fact that Nigerians are tired of excuses and the culture of blame games.
Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday, the NNPP National Chairman, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali said Kwankwaso is in the race to win the February presidential election.
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According to him: “The latest in the efforts to distract our presidential Candidate is the “endorsement” of a Presidential Candidate by a group calling themselves the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF).”
He explained that as a political Party that believes in the democratic right of people to support a candidate to do their choice, it is also our right not to be dragged into an undeserving hatchet job.
“As far as NNPP is concerned, the Northern Leaders Consultative Forum (NLCF) is unknown to us. And there was never a time we had any interface with the group.
“One thing is clear, we at the NNPP will not play the religious or ethnic card. The problems of Nigeria today require urgent and serious attention devoid of any sentiments”.
Alkali said it is on record that their presidential candidate has attended every gathering either as Town Hall meetings or debates that had a National focus to let Nigerians assess his qualities as a committed and passionate leader.
“For us in the NNPP, the bedrock of the 2023 presidential election is integrity, capacity, competence, and experience. By the grace of God, our Presidential Candidate possesses all these attributes in abundance and he remains the Candidate to beat. This is perhaps precisely why all the sustained but fruitless efforts to undermine his Candidature,” Alkali said.