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‘No cause for alarm over Tinubu, Kwankwaso parley in France’

By Sodiq Omolaoye, Abuja
28 May 2023   |   4:01 am
The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has urged its supporters not to worry over recent meeting between the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and its party presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Photo by Adam Abu-bashal / ANADOLU AGENCY / Anadolu Agency via AFP)

Former Kano Governor Won’t Defect— NNPP
The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has urged its supporters not to worry over recent meeting between the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and its party presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

The party assured party faithful that Kwankwaso wouldn’t defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Speaking at a press conference, yesterday, in Abuja, its National Publicity Secretary, Major Agbo, insisted that there was nothing wrong with their meeting in Paris, France.

It would be recalled that Tinubu and Kwankwaso allegedly met for hours in France, discussing a wide-range of issues.

The development has continued to raise dust and has become a subject of interest across the country, especially among the politicians.

Agbo described Kwankwaso as a detribalised politician with friends across political divides.

He said: “ Politicians are always divided during the campaigns After campaigns, we should come together. This is what is killing us in Africa. Go to advance countries, people are divided temporarily during campaigns, and after the campaigns, the agenda becomes one. That is loyalty to the country.

“Kwankwaso is one man who has had stint with some of these political parties in the past. His friends are still there. Our presidential candidate believes in the party. I don’t want you to be afraid that he is going anywhere. He is not. He is one man whose relationship cuts across all political platforms. You will see more of that…”

He said the electoral victory of Kano State governor-elect, Abba Kabir and his deputy, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo, would usher in a new dawn.

He tasked the new administration in Kano State to re-enact Kwankwaso’s era in the state, which was characterised with reforms, development and provision of infrastructure, agriculture, education, transportation, health, housing, security, sports, wealth creation and social amenities.

He said: “Nigeria is at the threshold of new federal and state governments, particularly in Kano State, where our great party, NNPP will assume office on Monday May 29, 2023. It is historic, epochal, remarkable and memorable.

“The good people of Kano State are the first citizens to usher in a new Nigeria we all desire and deserve on the platform of NNPP.

“It is a new dawn, a new beginning and the start of a progressive, people-oriented, purposeful and visionary governance that will transform the lives of the people in line with the manifesto, mission, vision and ideology of our great party, NNPP to make Nigeria a land of justice, freedom and equal opportunities where all citizens are at liberty to aspire to achieve their lifetime goals and ambitions; a land to live in peace, prosperity and happiness.

“Kano citizens will, henceforth, experience democracy at its finest and values that define NNPP which includes trust, effective leadership, responsibility, equity, competence, commitment, transparency, equality, patriotism, justice, and the sanctity and dignity of life, as summed up

“NNPP also congratulates the incoming Kano State House of Assembly members and urges them to cooperate with the Executive to guarantee speedy delivery of dividends of democracy to the people.

“The need for synergy between all elected members of the party, the Governor, Deputy Governor, Senators, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly members cannot be overemphasized.

“The team spirit in meeting the needs and expectations of the people is the hallmark of responsive and responsible governance.

“The success of the party in Kano State will expand its frontiers across the nation in the people’s quest for a new, better and prosperous Nigeria.

“All eyes are on NNPP’s government in Kano State to point the way forward to the nation as the foremost party in Nigeria.

“We must justify the confidence the people reposed in our great party anchored on good governance.”