In less than four days to the general elections, a Coalition of 10,000 civil society group has called on the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar to step down for the flag bearer of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
The groups consist of Northern Ministers Forum, Rebuild Women and Youth Foundation, Greater Movement Network, National Responsible Youth Organization and The Determined Icons.
According to the Sun, the leader of the group, Bishop Godwin Abah made this call while speaking with journalists on Wednesday in Abuja.
Bishop Abah, described Kwankwaso as the best candidate among the several candidadtes contesting for the country number one position.
Abah then called on Atiku Abubakar, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, to step down for the former Kano State governor.
According to him, “Coalition of Civil Society Groups meticulously assessed leading political parties and their presidential candidates noted their antecedents and democratic credentials in the quest for a strong, united, progressive, prosperous, equitable and just democratic society.
“And, considering the views of most rural dwellers with permanent voters cards the Coalition interacted with who expressed confidence in Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso for touching their lives in many ways and desire him to be President, has unanimously selected His Excellency, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as the best presidential candidate, accordingly adopted him for President in the Saturday 25th February 2023, presidential election.
“A man of enormous intellectual capacity and capability, Kwankwaso is an embodiment of patriotism, integrity, humility, nobility and versatility with a vision, mission and blueprint for a new, better, greater and prosperous Nigeria.
“He is the only presidential candidate who have travelled across Nigeria on road, visited more states, senatorial districts and local government areas more than other contenders for president to articulate people-oriented projects and programmes to boost their standards of living.
“A servant-leader with milk of human kindness, Kwankwaso transformed Kano State as a two-term Governor and will bring his wealth of experience as former Minister of Defence, Ambassador, Senator, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives etc., to bear on national governance as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“It was also the opinion of the rural Nigerians that the Coalition interfaced with that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar should set aside his presidential aspiration for a dynamic, pragmatic, energetic and resourceful Kwankwaso.
“Accordingly, the Coalition calls on Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s presidential candidate to step down for the NNPP presidential candidate, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso to avoid unnecessary splitting of votes in the North.
“Kwankwaso will inject fresh air in governance, restore hope to a bewildered nation that has seen more carnage than dividends of democracy and build a new Nigeria we all desire.
“Atiku has done his best for the nation, we appreciate his contribution as Vice President of Nigeria. He remains a statesman.
“Today, the nation is at a crossroads, the destiny of Nigeria is at stake and requires the political sagacity, capacity, savvy and tenacity of purpose of Kwankwaso – Idahosa Presidency to redirect the country from its perilous course. Kwankwaso stands out among other contenders for president.
“The Coalition of Civil Society Groups calls on Nigerians to vote for Kwankwaso ‘s New Nigeria People’s Party.
“Vote for competent leadership, vote for a new, better, greater and prosperous Nigeria.”