By Wilson Adekumola
The National Public Secretary of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Major Agbo debunked the reports going viral that the presidential candidate of the party on February 25 general election was planning to dump his party.
Speculation of Kwankwanso changing his party came at the wake of his meeting with President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Paris, France, recently and thereafter commissioned projects in Rivers and Kaduna States as well as chairing an inauguration pre-lecture on the invitation of the Niger State governor-elect, a development that has fuelled speculations about his possible defection to another party.
However, while speaking with newsmen on Saturday on the inauguration of Governor-elect of Kano State, the National Publicity Secretary of the NNPP, Major Agbo, said the NNPP is one united party, adding that Kwankwanso’s ideology is what the party is using.
Agbo said Kwankwaso was not dumping his political party but that as a political juggernaut in the country, every politician want to identify with him.
While speaking on the May 29 inauguration of Abba Kabir Yusuf of NNPP as the new Kano State governor, Agbo said Nigeria is at the threshold of new governments both at the national and state levels, particularly in Kano State where their great party, NNPP, will assume office on Monday, May 29, 2023.
“It is historic, epochal, remarkable and memorable. The good people of Kano State are the first citizens to usher in a new Nigeria we all desire and deserve on the platform of NNPP. It is a new dawn, a new beginning and the start of a progressive, people-oriented, purposeful and visionary governance that will transform the lives of the people in line with the manifesto, mission, vision and ideology of our great party, NNPP to make Nigeria a land of justice, freedom and equal opportunities where all citizens are at liberty to aspire to achieve their lifetime goals and ambitions; a land to live in peace, prosperity and happiness.
“Kano citizens will henceforth experience democracy at its finest and values that define NNPP which includes trust, effective leadership, responsibility, equity, competence, commitment, transparency, equality, patriotism, justice, and the sanctity and dignity of life, as summed up in the motto of the party – Peace, Equity and Progress.
“These among other dividends of democracy are what the incoming government of His Excellency, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf and his Deputy, His Excellency, Aminu Abdussalam Gwarzo will bring on board in the administration of Kano State once they are sworn-in as Governor and Deputy Governor of the State on May 29, 2023.
“NNPP congratulates them as they take their oath of office on May 29, and urges them to remain on the side of the people throughout their tenure in accordance with the provisions of the party manifesto which is populist in nature and masses friendly.
“They should re-enact the Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s era in the State which was characterized with massive reforms, development and provision of infrastructure, agriculture, education, transportation, health, housing, security, sports, wealth creation and social amenities.
“The party enjoins the good people of Kano State to support the government of Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf. He will run an open government with the interest of the people at heart as a grassroots politician and leader.
“NNPP also congratulates the incoming Kano State House of Assembly members and urges them to cooperate with the Executive to guarantee speedy delivery of dividends of democracy to the people. The need for synergy between all elected members of the party, the Governor, Deputy Governor, Senators, House of Representatives and State House of Assembly members cannot be overemphasized. The team spirit in meeting the needs and expectations of the people is the hallmark of responsive and responsible governance.
“The success of the party in Kano State will expand its frontiers across the nation in the people’s quest for a new, better and prosperous Nigeria. All eyes are on NNPP’s government in Kano State to point the way forward to the nation as the foremost party in Nigeria. We must justify the confidence the people reposed in our great party anchored on good governance.
“To herald this momentous occasion, the leaders of various organs of the party, the National Leader, His Excellency, Engr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Ph.D (FNSE), Chairman Board of Trustees, Dr. Boniface Aniebunam and the National Working Committee-led by acting National Chairman, Alhaji Abba Kawu-Ali are expected to participate fully in the inauguration ceremony in Kano. Accordingly, all elected members of the National Assembly and State House of Assembly from Kano and other States on the platform of NNPP are to proceed to Kano for this epoch making event.
“Together, we will build a strong, prosperous, equitable and just democratic nation, which starts with the NNPP government in Kano State.
“NNPP charge government at all levels to give priority to the security and welfare of the people in tandem with Section 14(2)b of the 1999 Constitution, as amended which provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. There will be no development without adequate security of life and property. Security agents should be alive to their constitutional duties and crush terrorism, insurgency, militancy, banditry, armed robbery and kidnapping in the country. Thousands of fellow compatriots have been killed, wounded and abducted, and millions displaced from their homes in recent times. It is a sad commentary on our frail democracy. The people want dividends of democracy not carnage. It starts with progressive, purposeful and visionary leadership as the people of Kano State will witness in the NNPP government of Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf.
“Periodic election is the bedrock of sustainable democracy. The party demands free, fair, credible, transparent, inclusive and peaceful governorship elections in Kogi, Imo and Bayelsa States. INEC should sit up and take its statutory duties seriously. The commission should put its act together and conduct elections without hitches and BVAS glitches that characterized the contentious 2023 general election. A New Nigeria is possible with the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP). Join us to make Nigeria great again,” Agbo added.