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2023: I won't step down for Atiku, Kwankwaso insists
By: News Editor
Mon, 21 Nov 2022   ||   Nigeria, Lagos State

The New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) Presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso on Sunday debunked claims in some quarters that he will step down for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the 2023 General Elections.
Kwankwaso disclosed this during a meeting with Nigeria Guilds of Editors in Lagos.
He said; “Some people are saying that I am stepping down for Atiku, why then did I leave the party? These are the issues; you see the problem with that party was that there are so many people who believe that they are highly privileged. In democracy, people are free to follow any political party, you cannot sit there and start dictating that I like this one, or you do not like the other one.”
The Presidential candidate said his ideology and experience is different from his opponents which can be traced back to when he was a governor in Kano State.
Speaking about NNPC, he said; “Off course we are happy that it is now a law to make sure that the NNPC is moved forward and we are very committed to involving the private sector in this Country.’’
‘’We will support the bill and do whatever it takes to make sure that the oil and gas industry is better for the interest of each and every one of us.”
Dwelling on constitution review, he said when elected his government will be open to the yearning of the people.
He said; “Now on the issue of constitution, as I said earlier on, we are open to discussion each and every day to listen to you and if Nigerians require a new constitution, we will be very happy to follow our process to get it done.’’
‘’But the fact remains that from my own experience in the last two decades; the problem has not mainly been that of the constitution but the operators, which we believe by 2023 we will have the right people to handle the Constitution.”
On his political movement from the ruling party to the opposition, Kwankwaso said the difference in ideology and governance led him to seek his presidential ambition in another party.
He said; “I think you know that they are not serving the interest of the majority of Nigerians, but just underline what I said. You see the PDP and APC put together for about 24 years are responsible for the mismanagement of the Nigerian resources.’’
“I had all the experiences when we formed PDP in 1998; it was not based on anything rather than issues-based matters. Mainly all of us came together that the military had to go, it was only after then we started to see issues and we believe the leadership at that time has failed; of course, the privileged people now can argue that even the bad PDP is better than the APC.’’
‘’That was why I feel that PDP was lucky even kicking out its members including my humble self, Peter Obi, even including Wike. They were kicking everybody because they think once you get the PDP ticket-they still see it as 1999-, the children born from 1999 are the ones now in charge of pulling units and so on and so forth.’’
While speaking on insecurity, the Presidential candidate said the problem has hindered the economic development of the Country and more personnel needs to be employed to curb the situation.



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