A former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso has emerged as the Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP, for the 2023 elections.
Mr Kwankwaso, who was a sole aspirant, emerged as the party’s flagbearer through a voice vote by delegates at the party’s National Convention held at the Velodrome of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Wednesday.
The former Defence Minister, in his acceptance remarks, appreciated all those who dropped their presidential aspirations for him and the delegates that elected him.
Mr Kwankwaso said that he would do whatever mattered to ensure the success of NNPP and its candidates for various elective positions in the 2023 general elections.
“Our party is so lucky, having young men and women with integrity contesting various positions in 2023
“While congratulating all of us, I want to urge Nigerians to vote for NNPP,” he said, adding that the NNPP stood for peace, unity, stability and development of Nigeria.
Mr Kwankwaso urged the delegates and party members not to go back home and sleep but to keep convincing eligible voters across all ethnic groups and religions to vote for NNPP in the 2023 general elections.
Mr Kwankwaso had earlier pledged that when elected, his administration would carry citizens along without favour on ethnicity or religious bias.
He also promised that his administration would provide the necessary infrastructure for the development of Nigeria.
“Our government will ensure that adequate roads are provided, ensure that trains are working.
“We are going to improve the aviation industry to make it more effective and affordable so that many people as possible can travel either by road by water or by air in this country,” he said.
He urged all party members and supporters to register and get their Permanent Voter Cards before the suspension of registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by June 30, to enable them to vote in the 2023 general elections.
“Don’t just say that you are supporting NNPP without getting your PVC, go and register with INEC.
“Ensure that your family members, your friends and everyone around you register and vote,” Mr Kwankwaso said.
Also at the venue, the former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, described the convention as a moment of change for Nigeria.
“This is a moment of change for our youths and women. Change for our economy and change for the nation.
“Nigeria is a potentially great nation. What we need is purposeful and committed leadership.
“We need a leadership that will give a sense of belonging to every citizen and entire ethnics of the country,” Mr Shekarau said.