The New Nigeria Peoples Party’s (NNPP) Rabi’u Kwankwaso has expressed confidence that his party will prevail in the general elections of 2023.
Kwankwaso claimed that the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, had lost power in Nigeria in an exclusive interview with Vanguard in Lagos.
He said: “Our Kwankwasiya movement and the NNPP are disciplined, and we believe in one particular ideology.
“That ideology is our guiding principle. We don’t believe in money politics, and that’s why we have been standing in the field for quite some time.
“I don’t want to talk about any particular candidate, but all I know is that we will continue to work hard. We are very confident that success is ours, and we are always happy that we have many people who are underrating us.
“When we started, nobody was giving us any chance. Now I believe even those critics are beginning to realise that we are on the ground while others are in the air. So we thank Almighty God for that,” he added.
He asserts that the major political parties have peaked and that there is nothing more they can say to Nigerians to persuade them.
He said: “All other parties have reached their peak, there is nothing PDP and APC can tell any Nigerian to convince them to join them.
“These parties are gone. Even the other parties, unfortunately, or fortunately, are busy either telling lies in the media, social media or conventional media.
“There is nothing else they will say or do that will convince anybody. If you are voting for anybody or want to elect any President, check antecedents. Try and find out because we cannot afford to make a mistake again.
“The issue of security; I can assure you that is one of the biggest strengths I have. All the candidates in this country never had any relationship with the country.
“I was Minister of Defense, and through that office, I had an opportunity to supervise the Ministry of Police Affairs.
“Any time the minister was not around during our time, I was the one in charge of Police Affairs and, therefore, I understand the working of this institution.
“Not only that, I’m happy to say you can talk to any military man serving or retired about Kwankwaso in the Ministry of Defence.
“We have done so much to the extent that we are appreciated. Go and put on Kwanwasiyah cap and walk the street anywhere and if you are lucky to see any serviceman or woman, they will tell you more about Kwankwaso.
“First and foremost, we were able to secure the country. The country was peaceful, there was no way you can accuse our government, at that particular time when I was Minister of Defence, of keeping away his eyes on the general security in this country,” he said.
The NNPP presidential candidate emphasised that he is the most prepared and qualified candidate for president in 2023.
He said: “So we (NNPP) are well prepared for the job. In terms of capacity, experience, and integrity. And in terms of education, I had the opportunity to go from craft school to technical school to polytechnics to university up to the PhD level.
“So I think we are prepared for it. I’m not sure there is any other candidate in this election who can say the same. We are working very hard, and we are the only party growing today in this country.”