The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the just-concluded presidential, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, has accused the All Progressive congress of manipulating the outcome of the general elections in some states, especially the presidential election.
The former Kano State governor and Senator slammed President Muhammadu Buhari, saying the President did not do enough to provide for free, fair, and credible polls.
He noted that in civilized countries of the world, with the level of alleged vote buying, the use of guns to intimidate the people, and the level of irregularities recorded, the elections would have been canceled.
The former Defence Minister charged the judiciary to always remain the last hope of the common man and not a repeat of the number four person becoming number one courtesy of the Supreme Court.
He urged the leadership of the NNPP to use the opportunity provided before the next round of the election in 2027 “to tighten their belts, go back to the constituency, and work more better.
“We have four years to reposition the party to deliver positive change to Nigerians.
“We joined this party barely one year old, the performance we have seen, I believe we should all congratulate ourselves.
“We have done well and what is even more important is that almost everybody now believes that NNPP is a party for the future.
“Immediately after this election, some people visited me to say that now we have seen the light and before 2027, they are going to join our party.
“The challenge of the time is very critical because this is the first time in the history of this country where we have a party, especially after the establishment of the two parties across the country, that within the shortest possible time, had this kind of popularity based on the integrity and hard work and commitment to this country.
“I believe it is time we congratulate ourselves and also tighten our seatbelts to go back to our constituencies and work much harder.
“I also believe that now that we have more years to strategize and push forward the party so that more people are accommodated as members and leadership at various levels of the party at the states, and even in terms of number and quality so that Nigerians can have an opportunity to have a positive change that our party, the NNPP stands for in this country.”