The leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party on Saturday says its presidential candidate, Dr Rabiu Kwankwaso, will end the numerous regional and sectarian agitations plaguing the country if he wins the 2023 presidency.
This was disclosed in the Sallah message of NNPP issued by the National publicity secretary, Dr Agbo Major, at the party secretariat in Abuja.
Until their arrests, leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu and Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho had been at the vanguard of agitations for cessation.
Kanu is presently in the custody of the Department of State Services after he was rearrested and repatriated from Kenya while Igboho, who had been released on bail is still undergoing legal proceedings in Benin Republic.
The Yoruba Nation agitator was arrested alongside his wife, Ropo, in Cotonou while attempting to travel to Germany.
Agbo said, “The party is optimistic that various agitations in all zones in Nigeria will be a thing of the past if a progressive and transformative leader like Kwankwaso is elected president of Nigeria.
“This is our chance to correct the mistakes made in previous elections. A new Nigeria beckons. Together, we will restore the nation’s glory and prosperity as the great arsenal of democracy in Africa.”
This is even as the NNPP averred that the recent commentary of the former governor of Kano State on Ndigbo and people of the South-East was misrepresented and taken out of context.
Kwankwaso was quoted as saying, during the inauguration of NNPP’s Gombe State Executives, that the people of the South-East were good in business but at the bottom of politics in Nigeria.
“One thing the South-East must learn, in addition to many other things, is that the South-East is good in terms of business; very hard-working, industrious but one area they must learn is politics. They are at the bottom line of national politics.
“If you look at the situation, they have lost out in the APC and the PDP. They have no presidential, no vice-presidential candidate. The only opportunity the South-East has to be president or vice president is with the NNPP,” he stated.
Defending his principal, Agbo emphasised that Kwankwaso has deep-seated respect for the people of the South-East because the party was founded by an illustrious son of Ndigbo, Dr Boniface Aniebunam, who was also the pioneer National Chairman and currently the Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
“Kwankwaso’s recent comments on the good people of South-East were misunderstood and taken out of context. He is a man of honour who loves all Nigerians passionately and desires to serve them as president if voted into office.
“The state of the nation is bad and calls for patriotism by all Nigerians to confront multifarious challenges bedevilling the country. NNPP urges eligible voters to take advantage of the extension of the INEC voter registration to register and obtain their permanent voter cards and ensure they vote for New Nigeria People’s Party candidates in all elections.
“The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) congratulates the Muslim Ummah on the occasion of this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations. The party enjoins Muslims to imbibe the virtues of love, sacrifice and tolerance which the occasion signifies,” he said.