The former governor of Kano, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has lamented over the security challenges in the nation saying he is “angry with the status quo”.
Kwankwaso stated at the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) National Secretariat, Abuja, Tuesday, shortly after he obtained his expression of interest and nomination forms.
He noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has failed to secure the nation, revamp the economy and unite Nigerians.
The presidential hopeful asserted that he has faithfully served the nation in various capacities under the ruling party, the APC, and its main opposition, the PDP, adding that he contributed immensely to the growth of both parties. He, however, said he has realised that both parties lacked clear-cut ideologies.
Kwankwaso maintained that the NNPP would gain power with the support of Nigerians and stakeholders, regardless of the odds stacked up against it. He is optimistic about his victory in the 2023 presidential elections.
He said, “From 1998 to 2014, I was governor of Kano twice, Minister of Defence, and member of NDDC board representing Northwest, but I came to realise that we were together in the PDP for the purposes that the party was formed that was to get rid of military rule.
“It was later that I realised there were so many differences (within the PDP). The ideology was utterly different, and it became so difficult for us to work together.
“In 2015, I became a senator under the APC and worked for the party, believing that they were real progressives. Unfortunately, we realised that the PDP was even better.
“I am angry with the status quo, but for those who are satisfied with the status quo, ranging from insecurity to the issue of the economy that is so much in shamble across this country, it is unfortunate that they will continue to be in the ruling party.
“I am happy to say that I have already paid the N30m to the party for the expression of interest and presidential nomination forms. Let me call on all Nigerians, especially my brothers and sisters who are in this game of politics, to do what I have done, and that is to join NNPP.
“While we are calling on everyone to join the NNPP, I want to remind Nigerians that this is a progressive party that wants to change the country’s political landscape. I want to tell them that those who wish to serve this country should join hands with us.
“But for those of us who believe in the unity of this country, Nigeria is divided like never before, and we are the people who have decided to come together to make sure we have one Nigeria no matter which religion you practice. We have to come together to fight them and make sure Nigeria is returned to peace and a modern world economy.”