Presidential aspirant under the platform of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwanso has said that they gave former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate over 11 million votes in 2019.
He, however, said Atiku cannot get the same number of votes in next year’s election because the political turf has changed.
He was Responding to questions after his screening to contest the 2023 presidential election, Kwankwanso, who is the sole aspirant for the party’s presidential ticket, said Nigerians are desirous of a man who can change things for better in 2023.
On claims that Atiku already has 11 million votes as the PDP presidential candidate, Kwankwanso asked, “Where will he get the 11 million votes from?
“Who brought them? We brought them,” Kwankwanso said of Atiku’s votes in 2019, adding that Nigerians now want things to be done differently.
“There is a lot of division in the country and if something is not done, the country will not grow.
“In Kano, we know what happened in 2019, how the popular votes were subverted. That will not happen in 2023 especially with the signing of the electoral law.
“Nigerians need someone who can come and salvage the country. In 2023, Nigeria will go for someone who is capable. Nigerians will support capable people and we will work with Nigerians not minding religion or ethnicity,” he said.
In the official results released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the 2019 presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat his closest rival, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP who polled 11,262,978.
But Kwankwanso, who believes he would win the 2023 presidential election under the platform of the NNPP, said they were the ones that worked hard to ensure that Atiku and the PDP produced over 11 million votes.
“We will bring good and effective change,” Kwankwanso said of the NNPP, adding that they now have structures in all the wards, local government, states, regional and national levels.
“We will always try to understand our priority. People are worried about what is happening in the country,” Kwankwanso said, adding that Nigeria’s military is capable of handling security challenges.
“And any day, anytime, the Nigeria military can defeat the terrorists,” Kwankwanso said. He noted that security, education and infrastructural development will be his immediate priority when he becomes president.
“Once you keep people busy, they will do the right thing. Let me thank the entire people of our country for supporting the NNPP. We have our structures in all the awards, local government, states and zonal level. I believe this is a bit fair for our party to have achieved this result in this short period.”
He queried the high cost of nomination forms by a political party.
“Whoever that bought a form for 100 million, you know what is involved. He or she needs to be investigated,” Kwankwanso said while debunking reports that he collected money during the PDP primaries for Kano delegates.
“It was said that I collected money for Kano delegates. I did not collect delegates’ money. I am happy I left the APC and the PDP. Kwankwanso added.