President Muhammadu Buhari has come under fire from Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the New Nigeria Peoples Party’s (NNPP) presidential candidate, for not doing enough to ensure free, fair, and credible elections in the recently concluded presidential and National Assembly elections held on Saturday, February 25.
In addition to claiming that the results of the presidential election never accurately represented the preferences of Nigerians, Kwakwanso claimed that the level of alleged vote-buying, the use of guns to intimidate the populace, and the level of irregularities recorded would have led to the cancellation of the elections in civilized nations.
He has, however, pleaded with the judiciary to always remain as the last hope of the common man and not a repeat of number four becoming number one thanks to the Supreme Court, expressing fears that it may be another ball game now.
At the party’s National Executive Council (NEC)’s first meeting after the 2023 elections on Thursday in Abuja, he spoke.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), which is currently in power, has been accused of rigging some states’ general elections, particularly the presidential election, according to the former governor and senator of Kano State.
The election “is not a reflection of the minds of Nigerians,” he merely stated.
Given that many Nigerians are prepared to join the NNPP before 2027, he claimed that the NNPP is a party for the future despite its almost a year old age and late entry into the political scene. He also bemoaned the fact that Nigerians were not permitted to experience the “positive change” they had hoped for.
Therefore, Kwankwaso, who also serves as the party’s National Leader, urged the NNPP’s leadership to make the most of the opportunity before the subsequent round of elections in 2027 in order to “tighten their belts, go back to constituency, and work more effectively.”.
“We have four years to reinvent the party and bring about beneficial change for Nigerians.
We only recently joined this party, and based on the performance we have witnessed, I think we should all be proud of ourselves.
“We’ve done well, and even more significant, almost everyone now thinks the NNPP is the party of the future.
“Some people came to see me right after the election to tell me that we have finally seen the light and that they intend to join our party before 2027.
“The challenge of the time is very critical because this is the first time in the history of this country that we have a party, especially after the establishment of the two parties across the country, that within the shortest amount of time, had this kind of popularity based on the integrity, hard work, and commitment to this country.
“I think it’s time to congratulate ourselves and buckle up to head back to our districts and work even harder.
“I also think that now that we have more time to plan and advance the party, more people will be able to participate as members and leaders at different levels of the party at the state level, as well as in terms of quantity and quality, giving Nigerians the chance to experience the positive change that our party, the NNPP, stands for in this nation.