The Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, says the outcome of the Presidential election never reflected the wishes of Nigerians.
Speaking on Wednesday in Abuja at the first post 2023 election meeting of the party’s National Executive Council (NEC), Kwakwanso knocked President Muhammadu Buhari for not doing enough to provide for free, fair and credible polls.
According to him, in civilised countries of the world, with the level of alleged vote buying, use of guns to intimidate the people and with the level of irregularities recorded, the elections would have been annulled.
The former Kano State governor however urged the Judiciary to always remain as the last hope of the common man and not a repeat of number four person becoming number one courtesy of the Supreme Court. He was refering to the outcome of the 2019 Imo governorship election.
He accused the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) of manipulating the outcome of the general elections in some states, especially the presidential election, stressing that the outcome of the election “is not a reflection of the minds of Nigerians”.
The NNPP Presidential candidate blasted politicians for deliberately impoverishing Nigerians so as to buy them over during elections.
According to him, that unfair treatment and injustice created banditry, Boko Haram, and other crises bedeviling the country.
Kwankwaso said, “We have seen how in many states, especially in my state Kano, how government brought out money and the State government in Kano, imported thugs, people from neighbouring States and neighbouring countries and also being supported by some of the security agents that we have here in this country.
” I pray to Almighty God to show us in this country when elections will be the way it use to be. Peaceful without arms, without other dangerous weapons, without open purchase of votes and so on.
” I pray to Almighty God that, in fact we are already there at the point of prayer, because some of these things are being supported by Government at all levels. The way it is going now, only God knows how to solve some of these things.
” We have seen what happened in Kano in 2019 and also in the last election. We saw what happened in some States, especially Kogi State, where security agents were seen running around, picking ballot boxes, shooting in the air. All sorts of things and many other States, even in Imo.
“We pray that they judiciary should be a better place for us, because now, we have number four being the governor of the State, maybe he will be number five or six and still go back to his seat, being supported by INEC, supported by judiciary. People have seen what happened in our case in 2019, so actually for me, I believe that so many things are wrong with our democracy. And those are hitting so hard at our democracy are the very people who are the beneficiaries of this democracy.”
Senator Kwankwaso added that, “Nigeria belongs to all of us, warned that nobody should think they have more sticks to fight as he commended the party for their achievements, revealing that more people are pushing to join it before the 2027 poll.”
He however lauded the performance of the NNPP, saying despite late entrance into the political scene, almost a year old.
He boasted that it is a party for the future as many Nigerians are ready to join the NNPP ahead of 2027.