The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has donated N50 million to victims of flooding at Kantin-Kwari market in Kano.
He made the donation on Monday, in Kano at an event to receive Ex-Kano State Governor, Sen. Ibrahim Shakarau, into the fold of the party from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP).
The News Agency of Nigeria gathered that hundreds of shops were affected by the disaster.
“We want to use this opportunity to sympathize with Kantin-Kwari market traders.
“We heard that flooding destroyed property at Kantin-Kwari today.
Business in Kano what was established Kano and it is still sustaining the city.
“We are going to send our N50 million assistance to the victims,” he pledged.
The Presidential candidate of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso, said he was excited with the large crowd that recieved him in Maiduguri, reinforcing the hope of his party in 2023.
Kwankwaso, who spoke to newsmen in Maiduguri on Sunday, said the crowd who defied the heavy downpour to welcome him, showed how eager the people of Borno wanted change from status quo.
“Look at how people came out; I was so excited, I was so happy that the people of Borno are now very ripe for a change.
“If only the people I saw on arrival yesterday will vote for us I can assure you we will win Borno,” Kwankwaso said.
The presidential candidate said that people across Nigeria were buying into NNPP which he adopted few months ago, adding that before the election in next year, particularly when campaigns would start, the party would shock Nigerians with its popularity.
“The more you know Kwankwaso the more you like him.
The more you know kwankwasiyya the more the love.
l “We will take that goodwill to the south as we have offices from ward to state levels all over Nigeria and we are fielding candidates for all positions across Nigeria,” Kwankoso said.
He commended President Buhari for signing the Electoral Act and called for commitment to free and fair election.
While condemning those speculating that he would step down for some candidates, Kwankwaso described such speculations as mischievous and needed to be stopped for real contenders to face issue based campaign.
“Let us start the campaigns, we will separate between the chaff and grains.
“Some people are saying that there may be no winner in the first round of voting but from our camp we believed that we are going to win in the first ballot by the grace of God, ” Kwankwaso said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that while in Maiduguri, Kwankwaso commissioned the state party secretariat and held meetings with the party stakeholders and various interest groups.
Merger: NNPP open to discussions ahead 2023 – Prof. AlkalProf. Rufa’i Alkali, National Chairman, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) on Wednesday said the partiy was open to alliances, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Alkali, a former presidential adviser on political affairs to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, disclosed this in Lagos at a news conference.
According to him, the party is not aversed to negotiations toward building the country.
“Parties who want to discuss with the NNPP must do so as an equal partner and must share our views on the future of the country.
“All parties are equal before the law.
“We are talking about the future of Nigeria,” Alkali, a former national publicity secretary of the PDP said.
He decried the lack of sophistication in political negotiations in Nigeria, saying that people should not come to a negotiation with sole option that the NNPP Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso should step down his ambition for them.
According to him, when a party sits down to negotiate, they have to first try to understand themselves: what is it that they share in common–ideals, vision, manifestos, aims and objectives-to work together.
He added that parties should also agree on the level of the alliance either at the house of assembly, representatives, senate, governorship or presidential.
“In politics we talk about capacity.
” The chairman, however, said that Nigeria cannot afford to make mistakes in 2023, stating that the NNPP would usher in fresh ideas on building the nation’s economy if elected.
“NNPP is a Nigeria project and will usher in a spontaneous change in the nation’s polity,” he added.
He noted that the NNPP remained the fastest growing political party in Nigeria and would soon get the support of majority of Nigerians nationwide.
He said the NNPP would remain consistent with its principles which was to better the life of Nigerian masses.
On power rotation, the scholar said that the concept of zoning is the bane of the nation’s polity.
“What Nigeria needs is leadership that people can trust and will deliver,” Alkali, a professor of political science and economy said.
On Muslim Muslim ticket, the chairman said it was the prerogative of the candidate to choose his or her running mate, noting that what should matter most should be tackling Nigeria’s challenges.
He added: “If we want this country to change we must move beyond zoning and religious discuss.
“We have passed the stage of contradictions of zoning and religious sentiments.
The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) says it’s not oblivious of the strength of the PDP and APC but is building structures to swing surprises.
The National Chairman of the Party, Prof. Rufai Alkali, a former presidential adviser on political affairs to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
Alkali, also the former national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the NNPP as an alternative platform will spring surprises nationwide in the 2023 general elections.
He said that the kind of leadership the NNPP would be bringing into Nigeria would be totally different from what the other political parties had offered and are offering.
“We are out to reduce the drift and sharp edges of anger and bitterness in the country.
“NNPP is a party that is rooted in national movement that will usher in a greater Nigeria.
“We have now got our candidates at different levels and we are getting ready for the campaigning time soon for the elections.
“Of course, we are not oblivious of the power of what PDP and APC can do.
Our party is on course, we are very strong.
We are waxing stronger.
We are concerned about the future of Nigeria and our democracy,” he said.
The chairman, who said that Nigerians needed a genuine change, said that NNPP was ready to mobilise the people for the elections in 2023. Alkali noted that many countries without vast resources as Nigeria had been able to harness what was available to build their civilisation.
He said the consensus was that Nigeria was supposed to be one of the giants in the African continent because of the enormous human and material resources in the country.
“Nigerians are desirous that Nigeria should be a better country, especially given the fact that we are the largest population of black people in the continent.
“There is also a growing consensus that after 22 years of democratic governance, there country ought to grow in leaps and bounds.
“Ordinarily, we are supposed to have gone farther than where we are by far.
Institutions and structures of governance are not optimally functioning,” Alkali said.
According to him, the security and economy of the nation are under pressure due to the cumulative effects of policies imposed on Nigeria in the past 40 years.
He said that some of these policies had dismantled everything that could provide and protect jobs.
He said there was need to address challenges facing the nation and strengthen the unity of the nation which made some elites in the North to put themselves together in the NNPP to build a greater Nigeria.
He said: “Some of us, especially Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso (the Presidential Candidate of NNPP) felt that the way to go is to try and bring our people together.
At that time, who becomes president, senators , minister is irrelevant.
“The relevant point is to bring our people together so that we can sit down and talk to each other.
We have a clear idea that our own target is to rescue our country and save Nigeria’s democracy.
“We felt that having a national movement will not be sufficient, we must go extra mile to have a political platform, which is why we opted for the NNPP.
Kwankwaso meets Maritime stakeholders, uSen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, Presidential candidate, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) on Tuesday called for fast tracking of the rehabilitation of Apapa port access road in Lagos State.
Kwankwaso made the call at a town hall meeting with maritime stakeholders organised by Prime Maritime Project.
According to Kwankwaso, the country really needs to plan for the future of the maritime sector as it is critical to the growth and survival of the economy of the country.
“I have listened to this wonderful audience and have noted your expectations.
I can tell you that I am aware of most of the challenges facing the sector presently.
One of such, for instance is congestion on port access roads in Apapa.
” It may interest you to know that in one of my visits to Lagos state, I was in Apapa and was stunned at the spectacle of articulated trucks lining the Ijora Bridge.
“To me, it is an unacceptable eyesore in a 21st century Nigeria.
I was even made to understand that I came when things had improved.
This is highly unacceptable.
“A port system originally designed for a population of less than 50 million people in the 1950s with less than 2.0 million cargo throughput has remained almost the same for more than 200 million population in 2022. “When a country’s population is increasing at geometric progression and port infrastructure remains static, the resultant effect is chaos.
To me, that is the cause of the Ijora Bridge debacle and other issues.
So many things have gone wrong with the industry,” he said.
The candidate said that his experience over the years as a former deputy speaker of the house of representatives, former governor, former minister of defense and a former senator had availed him with some basic understanding of the sector and especially some of its challenges.
Kwankwaso said that it was his desire to see that the Nigeria Customs Service and other regulatory agencies be made to perform efficiently and effectively, saying the observed high level corruption in the system had to be tackled to improve productivity in the ports.
According to him, it is worthy here to make mention of effective border checks and control to stem the tide of smuggling and its related security implications.
“Indeed, the entry points of Nigeria shall attract the desired attention of my administration if elected the President.
“The desired assistance to all importers of goods, manufacturers including exporters and other ancillary stakeholders associated with port operations and management will be guaranteed under our party’s regime, by the special grace of God!
“Suffice it to say that NNPP as a party, has its blueprint for the economy for which maritime and transport logistics are incorporated,” he added.
Kwankwaso, who assured the stakeholders of attention if elected, called for support in the 2023 general election to create a new and better Nigeria.
Stressing that the NNPP had a blueprint for the economy, maritime sector inclusive, Kwankwaso requested the stakeholders to form the nucleus that would be responsible for designing a workable and actionable Maritime Sector Reform Template.
He said that such template should include clearance of goods arriving our ports within 72 hours as done in other countries, tackling privacy within our territorial waters and the entire Gulf of Guinea, clearing of our ports of pollution because of discharge from ships.
“Our government will look into the position of constructing a rail line from both Apapa, and Tincan Island ports to a dry port area outside lagos, where arrived goods should be domiciled for clearance in order to stop heavy trucks from causing gridlocks in Lagos.
“We should also look into the possibility of opening other ports such as Warri, Port harcourt, Calabar etc in order to decongest Lagos port.
“In addition, I can assure you that it will no longer be business as usual, under our watch, maritime professionals will take charge of the maritime sector,” he said.
Mr Kunle Folarin, Chairman of the occasion in his opening remarks, noted that the maritime domain was tired of being an orphan, tasking Kwankwaso on rescue plans that would make the industry resourceful.
According to Folarin, Nigeria has the greatest potential with its maritime industry and so we need to utilise our resources such as the 900 nautical mile of coastline, 572 inland waterways, 10,000km of navigable waterways and others.
“The critical issues to be addressed are: new economic agenda for the sector, attention given to litoral states, the country needs to benefit from the concession of port terminals.
“We expect a total port reform, direct foreign investment policy that is workable, cabotage regime, grid field development, maritime security, free trade zone restrictions, trade tariff, all these should be revisited,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the town hall meeting had several stakeholders in the maritime industry as well as many leaders and candidates of NNPP acoross the federation in attendance.
Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder and Chairman, Board of Trustee of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has assured people of South Eastern Nigeria that the party’s Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rabiu Kwakwaso loves them so much.
Aniebonan disclosed this in Lagos on Tuesday at a Town Hall Meeting with stakeholders in Maritime sector organised by Prime Maritime Project (PMP) to unveil NNPP’s maritime agenda if elected in 2023 as Nigeria’s next president.
He says that part of the NNPP major focus if elected into power in 2023 is the maritime sector, where Igbos are in majority.
According to him, a huge number of Igbos are into import and export of goods and services in the maritime industry, hence the need to support the NNPP presidential candidate.
“My presidential candidate loves Igbo so much.
With Kwankwaso, a lot of issues will be resolved,” Aniebonam said.
He said that NNPP was entering into the social contract with the stakeholders to bring about a new order.
Aniebonam said: “It is time for a new order in the maritime sector.
We have a presidential candidate that does not have any baggage.
“We have a child of God to provide leadership in this country.
” He said that NNPP had been working quietly and setting up structures to create a new order in the maritime sector and the country.
Aniebonam urged the stakeholders to be part of the journey to the emergence of a new Nigeria and start work from the inside to build a new Nigeria.
“We can no longer operate from the outside, we have to operate from the inside and we have to work for it.
“Hold me responsible on the implementation of the social contract we are having with stakeholders in the maritime sector,” he said.
Speaking, Prof. Rufai Alkali, the National Chairman of NNPP said that vision, mission and commitment of the party was to liberate Nigeria and Nigerians as well as building a country everyone would be proud of.
According to Alkali, the party is ready to make sure that the issue of economy, security, poverty and others as are taken care of.
“We are looking at Nigeria as a whole.
A country where there will be inclusion and where no section of the country is left behind.
NNPP is the fastest growing political party in Nigeria.
“We need a better Nigeria for our children and grandchildren and that is what NNPP is all about, new party, new face, new direction to push the country forward.
“NNPP is not a regional party as being pronounced by some people, it is a party that will make sure that the issue of security, education and others are taken care of.
“The maritime industry is also in focus, and we will ensure that things are put in place,” Alkali said.
Earlier in his address, Elder Asu Beks, the Chief Operating Officer, Prime Maritime Project (PMP) said the event, is the first in the series by it to invite presidential candidates of all the 18 political parties to undertake a social contract with critical Maritime stakeholders.
Beks said: “Apart from being the gateway to the nation’s economy, the net worth of this sector is estimated at about N91 trillion and could boast of no fewer than N15 million eligible voters on election day.
“That makes us one of the most critical sectors both in terms of contribution to the gross domestic products and a sea of prospective voters.
“I dare say that no presidential candidate can win the 2023 election without our votes.
Any presidential candidate who ignores this sector can as well say goodbye to Aso Villa in 2023. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the town hall meeting had several stakeholders in Maritime industry as well as many leaders and candidates of NNPP acoross the federation in attendance.
APC and PDP Presidential Candidates, Sen. Bola Tinubu and ex-Vice- President, Atiku Abubakar, respectively, are expected to feature in the forthcoming National Unity Polo Tournament, in Keffi, Nasarawa State.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that the four-day event is being organised by Keffi Polo Ranch, supported by Heritage Bank. The polo tournament is expected to bring together other political gladiators, royal fathers and captains of industry in the country.
Founder and promoter of the Ranch, Mr Ahmed Wadada, made the disclosure in an interview with NAN on Tuesday in Abuja.
Wadada explained that the tournament scheduled to hold on Sept. 8 to 11, would serve as a veritable platform that will deepen understanding among the presidential candidates of all the political parties and their running mates.
This, Wadada said, was with a view to ensuring rancour-free campaigns for the 2023 General Elections.
He said, ”already the political atmosphere in the country is charged ahead of the commencement of campaigns by all presidential candidates.
”It might hot up in the next couple of months, hence the need for the tournament in order to douse tension in the political space.
” Wadada, who is also the Social Democratic Party (SDP) Senatorial candidate for Nasarawa West, appealed to politicians to shun provocative and inciting statements in the course of campaigns, which could trigger election violence.
” For those of us that are politicians, we must avoid provocative statements, we must avoid threatening ourselves.
”It is saddening that we make statements that are provocative and the younger ones are listening to us,” he said.
Wadada, who revealed that Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo would serve as a Special Guest of honour at the tournament, solicited the cooperation of all political actors in the country.
He said,” this is to achieve non-violent political atmosphere before, during and after the forthcoming 2023 General Elections.
” Similarly, the former lawmaker, said that the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III will feature as the Royal Father during the tournament.
He said also expected at the event were the President of Senate, Sen. Ahmed Lawal, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila and other notable personalities in the country Wadada said: ” The tournament will bring together presidential flag bearers of all the political parties and other political gladiators across the country.
” I have reached out to Tinubu and Atiku and they have promised to participate alongside with their running mates.
” We have also extended invitation to the Labour Party’s Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Presidential candidate of Action Alliance (AA), retired Maj. Hamza Al-Mustapha.
”Others are Mr Kola Abiola of People’s Redemption Party (PRP) and the Social Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Prince Adewole Adebayo.
” It’s gratifying to say that all of them have agreed to fully grace in the national unity Polo Tournament.
” Similarly, Wadada disclosed that the Emirs of Kano, Zazzau, Bida, Bauchi, Gombe, Minna, Ooni of Ife, Obi of Onitsha, Olu of Warri and all royal fathers in Nasarawa State, have also promised to grace the tournament.
He expressed optimism that the tournament which will be hosted by Gov. Abdullahi Sule, would strengthen national cohesion and ensure violence-free free campaigns in the country.
This, according to him, will further educate electorate and party supporters to eschew violence and embrace peace, before, during and after the elections.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Monday condoled with the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) on the deaths of its supporters in an accident.
Some supporters of the NNPP died in an accident on Saturday after a rally to welcome the presidential candidate of the party, Alhaji Rabiu Musa-Kwankwaso, to the state.
The message is contained in a statement signed by Mr Ibrahim Addra, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor and made available to newsmen on Monday in Lafia.
Addra, in the statement, said that the governor expressed sadness over the unfortunate accident.
“The governor had described the loss of lives of citizens under such circumstances as lamentable and urged political parties and their supporters to be cautious at all times,” he quoted the statement as saying.
The statement also said that the governor condoled with the families and friends of the bereaved as well as the leadership of the party.
Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Sen. Rabiu Musa-Kwankwaso, says he plans to tackle insecurity if elected in 2023.
He said he would also improve on economy, prioritise infrastructural development and lift Nigerians away from poverty.
Kwankwaso told newsmen in Lafia on Sunday that he would also end corruption when he becomes president.
“We have a big problem in the country in terms of insecurity.
“As former minister of defence, I am knowledgeable about security.
I believe that our military has the capacity to stop this mess through political will, encouragement, training and retraining of personnel.
“We will deal with corruption; we will bring integrity and capacity into the system; we will fight corruption decisively,’’ he said.
The presidential hopeful said he would do everything possible to ensure that mining was done in an organised manner, particularly in Nasarawa State.
“Everybody knows that Nasarawa State is blessed with mineral resources.
We will ensure that mining in the state is done in an organised manner so that the society can benefit,’’ Kwankwaso said.
He cautioned party supporters against inflammatory and unguarded utterances, saying as a genuine Nigerian he was ready to salvage and unite the country.
He challenged Nigerians not to make further mistakes when choosing their leaders at the 2023 general elections.
“We at the NNPP plan to provide Nigerians with good governance, restore peace, address insecurity and improve the economy.
Nigerians have suffered enough.
We are on a rescue mission,’’ the candidate stressed.
Meanwhile, six NNPP supporters lost their lives in Lafia on Sunday when a bus conveying them alongside Kwankwaso’s motorcade lost control.
Several occupants of the vehicle who sustained injury were taken to a hospital for treatment.
The Katsina State chapter of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has cautioned its 88 candidates for the 2023 general elections gainst contravening campaign guidelines set by INEC.
The party’s Chairman in the state, Alhaji Sani Liti said this during a meeting with the candidates and other stakeholders on Saturday in Katsina.
He advised them to adhere to the various guidelines concerning campaigns and follow the timetable issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“Now that Nigerians have rejected the major leading political parties, our party, the NNPP, is best placed to win the 2023 general elections.
“My advice is that we should tidy up our end and be mindful of the various electoral laws, particularly those guiding campaigns and the contents of the campaigns.
“We should follow the INEC timetable for campaigns.
We should also engage on issues-based campaigns.
“With the calibre of our candidates and members including new members from the APC and the PDP, we shall have a good showing in the elections,” he said.
Also speaking, the party’s governorship candidate, Nura Khalil appealed to the party’s candidates and stakeholders not to relent in the effort to ensure total victory of the party in the state.
He added that the meeting was to appraise reports from the 34 Local Government Areas compiled by those he described as the party’s foot soldiers.
“They are naturally foot soldiers.
We assigned some responsibilities to them regarding mobilisation and contact of major stakeholders all over the state.
“We are going to receive their reports today, and then we discuss progress, and if there is any identified problem we find the possible ways of resolving them.
” The party’s deputy governorship candidate, Dr Muttaqha Rabe-Darma said the NNPP was set to correct the anomalies in the state, if elected into office in 2023. “We should, however, be mindful of the various electoral laws and should not run afoul of them,” he advised.