The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has dissociated itself from any alliance with the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The party also called on the PDP presidential candidate to henceforth stop the name dropping urged Atiku to step down for NNPP’s presidential candidate Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who they described as younger brother to Atiku.
National chairman of the NNPP, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkal, sternly issued this warning at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.
He noted that for some time now, Atiku has been making this claim, especially, when he got some Northern Elders to make the claim that Kwankwaso had collapsed his structures into the PDP
He stated that there was nothing like alliance with Atiku as the presidential candidate of NNPP has been busy doing door to door as well as local government to local government campaigns.
According to him, Kwankwaso has covered 500 out of the 774 local government and would soon embark on similar campaigns in the South South and South East
While noting that there was no ground for Kwankwaso to step down for Atiku, Alkali said the PDP of today is not the same formed by principled persons like Abubakar Rimi, Sule Lamido, Adamu Ciroma, Sunday Awoniyi, among others, adding that “the party has lost its colour.”
He noted that five governors have already opted out of the Atiku contest while three others were ready to leave the party.
“Five governors are not with Atiku. These governors are coming from powerful states. Three others have been sending messages that they will not support Atiku.
“We thought that anyone contesting an election should put his house together. We left the PDP because we knew it would implode. It is not the same party as yesterday. In the next one week, some will leave the PDP.
“What Kwankwanso is doing is unprecedented and that is why they are afraid. This election is for the people. Today, no presidential candidate has done what Kwankwaso has done in this election.
“To set the record straight, we have no engagement with Atiku Abubakar at whatever level. Kwankwaso has served in this country at every level. NNPP dissociates itself fully from the antics of Atiku Abubakar”, Alkali said.