Former governor of Kano state, Rabiu Kwankwaso, has said that neither the ruling Progressives Congress (APC) nor the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) can bring desired progress to Nigeria.
Kwankwaso made this known on Tuesday night at the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) National Secretariat, Abuja, shortly after obtaining his expression of interest and nomination forms.
The former governor after months of speculation officially left the PDP on March 29, 2022 along with other allies to join the newly formed NNPP.
Kwankwaso said that he is sure of his victory in the 2023 presidential elections, adding that the NNPP would gain power with the support of Nigerians and stakeholders, regardless of the odds stacked up against it.
He explained that he has served the nation in various capacities faithfully under the APC and the PDP, contributing immensely to its growth even though he later realized that both parties lacked clear cut ideologies.
The politician 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 realize 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 was so many differences (within the PDP). The ideology was completely 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 realized 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 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 political landscape of the country. I want to tell them that those who really want 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, 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 modern world economy.” Kwankwaso concluded.