The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has urged Nigerians to pray for peace, unity, justice, equity, progress and prosperity of Nigeria.
This it said was as the country grappled with building a strong, virile, stable and just democratic society.
The party made the call in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr Agbo Major in Abuja on Saturday to mark the 2022 Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.
Major who enjoined Muslims to imbibe the virtues of love, sacrifice and tolerance which the occasion signified, said the state of the nation called for patriotism by all Nigerians to confront multifarious challenges bedeviling the country.
He added that the 2023 general elections also provided another opportunity for Nigerians to take their destiny in their hands and elect competent, credible leaders.
“Vibrant, resourceful, purposeful, visionary and God-fearing leaders who will deliver dividends of democracy that will uplift the people’s standards of living.”
He urged eligible voters to take advantage of the extension of the INEC voter registration to register and obtain their Permanent Voter’s Cards, and ensure they voted for the party’s candidates in all elections.
“This is the first step in actualising a new Nigeria we all desire and deserve in accordance with Section 14(2)b of the Constitution of Nigeria 1999, as amended, which provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government.”
Major said the situation of the country called for a new Nigeria which the NNPP was ready to provide if voted into office in 2023 elections.
He said that as preparations for 2023 general elections continued, NNPP held all Nigerians and all geopolitical zones in high esteem as fellow compatriots in the task of building a better society.
Major said the party would canvass votes from all geopolitical zones to win the 2023 presidential election, as the party had millions of supporters across the country.
He described the NNPP National Leader and Presidential Candidate, Sen. Rabiu Musa kwankwaso as a great patriot, a detribalised Nigerian who had served the nation creditably in various capacities as governor, minister and senator.
“A man of indefatigable endeavour, he is an embodiment of patriotism and frank in addressing national issues as he has no hidden agenda.
“The very reason millions of Nigerians identify with him and NNPP in our collective efforts to make Nigeria great again.
“ He has high regard for Ndigbo, NNPP was founded by an illustrious son of Ndigbo, Dr Boniface Aniebunam, pioneer National Chairman and currently its Board of Trustees Chairman.
“ It’s a grassroots party well rooted in all zones reflecting Federal Character as envisioned in the 1999 Constitution as amended.”
The national publicity secretary also made clarification on Kwankwaso’s recent comments “on the good people of South East” saying the comments were misunderstood and taken out of context.
He described Kwankwaso as a man of honour who loves all Nigerians passionately and desired to serve them as president if voted into office.
He said that Kwankwaso would not in anyway malign any zone or any individual, saying we believe that in NNPP, we desire the votes of all the zones and all the electorate to govern Nigeria.
“The leadership of the party is impressed by the overwhelming number of members and supporters of NNPP in the South East.
“It shows the people’s desire for a new Nigeria that treats all citizens equal.”
Major said the NNPP party was optimistic that various agitations in all zones in Nigeria would be a thing of the past when a progressive and transformative leader such Kwankwaso is elected president of Nigeria.
“This is our chance to correct the mistakes made in previous elections. A new Nigeria beckons.
“Together, we will restore the nation’s glory and prosperity as the great arsenal of democracy in Africa.”
Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), on Saturday, said accepting to be the running mate to any presidential candidate would lead to the collapse of NNPP. Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, who was in Gombe State to inaugurate the state office of NNPP and meet with elected members of the party stated this in an interview with newsmen.He said his political profile built over the years and his wealth of experience having served in various capacities in the country had helped in bringing NNPP to the limelight within a short time.He stated that with the fame the NNPP had achieved within the short time, anything short of his presidency under the party would mean the collapse of the NNPP.Kwankwaso confirmed that his party had been in talks with the Labour Party for a possible merger but the main issue that hindered progress was the issue of who becomes the presidential candidate.“From the discussion with Labour Party, the main issue was who becomes the president if the parties merge.“At the end of the day, some of our representatives thought that there should be a criterion in terms of age, qualification, offices held, performance, and so on.“Of course, the other side wouldn’t want that. Most of the people from there believe that the president has to go there (South East).“If now I decide to be vice presidential candidate to anybody in this country; NNPP will collapse because the party is based on what we have built in the last 30 years.“I served for 17 years as a civil servant; we are talking of 47 years of very serious hard work that is what is rarely holding NNPP now,” he said.The national leader of the NNPP said he was not against the presidency going to any part of the country but it must be done based on “strategy, political calculation and equation.”According to him, the South East is good in business and are well talented but they should learn politics, “in politics, they are at the bottom line.”He stated that the zone had lost out on the presidential and vice-presidential candidates of both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) but had a chance with the NNPP.He stated that those saying “even if my friend (Peter Obi) wants to accept vice presidential candidate, some people in the South East will not accept, that is not strategic.”He said Bola Tinubu was strategic to have supported the APC in 2015 and “today he is the presidential candidate of the APC.”Kwankwaso said the best option for the South East was for the zone to partner with NNPP, “this is a golden opportunity, if they lose it, it will be a disaster.”On the choice of his running mate, Kwankwaso said “we have options in the NNPP in the South to pick a good vice president and one of them is the Labour Party man you are talking about.”On the chances of NNPP in the 2023 elections, Kwankwaso said his party had the structure, organisation, and population across the country to contest and win elections.He said if elected president in 2023, his vision would be to create opportunities for the youths of Nigeria to get employed, achieve their dreams, and be empowered educationally and economically.NewsSourceCredit: NAN
NNPP adopts ex-VC as Kwara guber candidate NNPP adopts ex-VC as Kwara guber candidateBy Afusat Agunbiade-Oladipo Politics Ilorin, June 27, 2020 The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Kwara has adopted former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin, Prof. Shuaib AbdulRaheem, as its gubernatorial candidate for the 2023 general elections.The state Chairman of NNPP, Alhaji AbdulRazaq Abdulsalam, made this known in Ilorin, shortly after a meeting of stakeholders of the party with AbdulRaheem in attendance.“We have picked Prof. AbdulRaheem as our governorship candidate. He’s now a full fledge member of NNPP,” he declared.Responding, AbdulRaheem said he has fully joined the NNPP.He expressed his preparedness to join hands with other eminent Nigerians and Kwarans to take the party to greater height.In his remarks, a Senatorial Candidate of the NNPP, Dr Kolo Jiya, said the party would form government in the state come 2023.He expressed confidence in the ability of AbdulRaheem to lead the party to victory in the elections and as well return Kwara to path of progress and greatness.Kolo added that a more elaborate event would be held where the party’s governorship candidate would be presented to the general public.
Unprecedented numbers of enthusiastic voters on Saturday thronged various polling units in different towns, villages and hamlets in Ekiti to perform their civic rights in the ongoing governorship election.
Also, there were combined security personnel on the ground to protect the lives and property in different parts of the state and as well their presence was noticed at both far and near the polling centres.
At the Ekiti office of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there was heavy presence of security agents to forestall any eventuality.
The News Agency of Nigeria , while on monitoring of the polling units, report that security agents arrived many polling units as early as 7.20 a.m.
Aside the police, other security agencies and outfits providing security, include Civil Defence Corps, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).
At some of the border towns linking Ekiti with other states, military men were strategically stationed with officers and men, keeping vigil and conducting search on vehicle owners and occupants.
The restriction placed on human and vehicular movement during election was strictly obeyed by residents and travellers alike, as most inter-township roads were empty.
This development compelled many voters to trek long distances to their polling units, as there were no taxi or commercial motorcycle operators to convey them.
Besides, all markets, shops and eateries were under lock and key.
Some of the places visited included Ado-Ekiti, Ikere-Ekiti, Efon-Alaaye, in Efon Local Government area Ifaki-Ekiti, the home town of Mr Segun Oni, the Governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Other areas were Ise-Ekiti, the home town of former Minister of State for Works, Dayo Adeyeye, Emure-Ekiti, Ido-Ekiti and Omuo-Ekiti, hometown of Sen. Biodun Olujimi of the PDP and Rep. Femi Bamisile of the APC.
In many of the places visited, scores of voters were seen already on queues, waiting for the attention of the electoral officers.
Those sighted among the crowd of the enthusiastic voters, include students and artisans of between 18 and 20 years bracket, old people and a handful of expectant mothers.
It was observed that in most of the places, officials including ad hoc staff, deployed by INEC arrived only few minutes after 8.00 a.m, while some of them have no chairs to sit on.
NAN reports that 16 candidates from different political parties are slugging it out in today’s election, with only a female candidate, Mrs Kemi Elebute-Halle of ADP.
Others include candidates of ACCORD, AAC, ADC, APC, APGA, APM, APO, LO, NNPP, NRM, PDP, PRP, SDP, YPP and ZLP.
According to statistics at the disposal of NAN, over 17,000 policemen were deployed for the election, with NSCDC deploying 9,747, while the army and others also deployed appreciable figures.
When contacted, Mrs Morolake Odebunmi, the Public Relations Officer of INEC, told NAN that there was nothing much to do at the INEC office this morning.
The 2023 Presidential election is still some months away, though what is clear to all became clearer after the APC and PDP presidential primary elections.The PDP and the APC were unsure of, from which region of the country to field their presidential candidates, the urge to also win the 2023 election also trumped all other considerations.While the strongest APC aspirants were from the south, the PDP's strongest aspirants were mostly from the north. Just exactly a reversal of role between PDP and APC in 2015, the only constant there is that the larger chunk of the votes are domiciled in the north, all parties have their eyes on it as against what some people called a consideration for justice and equity or fairness.What most people still find hard to believe is that Zoning is dead, it was killed and buried by President Goodluck Jonathan, and even if zoning were to still be alive, the most equitable zone to produce the next President under PDP was the North; in the north it should be North-east or North-central. The North-west has already produced Yar'adua in PDP and Buhari in APC. Of the 16 years of PDP Obasanjo from the South had Presidency for 8 years, Goodluck Jonathan hard it for 5 years another southerner, totaling 13 years while the north had it for just 2 years and a few months. Jonathan insisted on vying for a second term against Zoning and lost to Buhari of the APC.That said, the major political parties now have their candidates, PDP has Atiku Abubakar from the Northeast while APC has Bola Ahmed Tinubu from the Southwest.The two presidential candidates are more similar than they are different.
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The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has paid tribute to the heroes and heroines of Nigeria democracy, particularly those who sacrificed their lives in the struggle to enthrone democracy in the country.
The party paid the tribute in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Agbo Major, in Abuja on Sunday.
Major saluted Nigerians on the occasion of the occasion of 2022 Democracy Day.
He said that Nigeria was irrevocably placed on the path of democratic governance after years of military dictatorship, civil war and political upheavals that threatened the nation’s corporate existence.
He, however, said that the 2022 Democracy Day called for sober reflection, prayers and collective action to terminate social injustice.
He said that it also called for collective efforts to end marginalisation, terrorism, insurgency, militancy, kidnapping, hunger, unemployment, poor infrastructure and resolution of issues that led to the elongated ASUU strike.
He, however, said that the forthcoming general election provided citizens an opportunity to take their corporate destiny into their hands and massive vote for a new, better, greater and prosperous Nigeria, whoch he said NNPP symbolised.
“It is time for action. All eligible voters should quickly go and register and obtain their permanent voter cards, ensure they vote and their votes count in the overall result as power belongs to the people.
“This is the only way to restore the nation’s unity, greatness, prosperity and dignity in the comity of nations.
“We are all in it together to usher in a New Nigeria citizens will be proud of,” Major said.
Dr Boniface Aniebonam, Founder, New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) said the party’s presidential flag bearer, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, would strengthen Nigeria’s unity if elected president in 2023.
Aniebonam made this know at a media conference on Friday in Lagos.
According to Aniebonam, Kwankwaso has the qualities that Nigeria needs to make things work for the country.
“NNPP is bringing a leader that is truly patriotic, someone that will look at all the impediments, human barriers that create problems in the country and remove them.
“A leader with honour and integrity, courageous, has all it takes, stays out of corruption, a leader that will strengthen Nigeria’s unity,” he said.
Aniebonam said as the name implied, New Nigerian People Party, every Nigerian was looking forward to a new Nigeria where leadership was provided, where things were reasonably done.
He added that the welfare of a greater number would be taken into account; food on the table, state of the nation should change from consumption to production.
“This is not a difficult thing to do. What should he disturbing us is why are these things not happening,” he said.
On security issue, he said it was a collective responsibility, adding that government had to be in front because they had the machinery.
“We all know what the problem is all about, we are not united and that is why we have all these infiltrations, we are all suspecting ourselves.
“That is the basic thing I am advocating for, that we need to bring Nigerians together, let everybody know that they are brothers and sisters, leadership will provide that.
“What is important is a better Nigeria, Nigerians want to live a good life and so the issue of opposition does not come in. And our interest is on how to provide Nigeria with leadership,” he said.
A former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso has emerged the Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) for 2023 elections.
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 hisacceptance remarks, appreciated all those who dropped their presidential aspirations for him and the delegates that elected him.
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 that NNPP stood for peace, unity, stability and development of Nigeria.
Kwankwaso urged the delegates and party members not to go back home and sleep but to keep convincing eligible voters across all ethic groups and religions to vote for NNPP in the 2023 general elections.
Kwankwaso had earlier pledged that when elected, his administration would carry citizens along without favour on ethnicity or religion bias.
He also promised that his administration would provide 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 vote in 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,” 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 a purposeful and committed leadership.
“We need a leadership that will give sense of belonging to every citizen and entire ethnics of the country,” Shekarau said.
Alhaji Yusuf Ibrahim on Tuesday emerged the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Bauchi State.Ibrahim, who is the sole gubernatorial aspirant of the party emerged the candidate through a voice affirmation by all the delegates of the party.Announcing the result of the affirmation, the Returning Officer, Alhaji Ahmed Balewa, said all the 680 delegates of the party across the 20 local government areas of the state affirmed that Ibrahim should be the flag bearer of the party without any acrimony.In his acceptance speech, Ibrahim appreciated all his supporters and the party for giving him the mandate, calling on them to go into the nooks and crannies of the state to rally support for NNPP to triumph at the polls in 2023.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ibrahim is a business man as well as a politician who defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to NNPP to pick up the gubernatorial ticket. ((NAN)
Chief Joshua Popoola, was on Monday announced as the governorship candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Oyo State.
Popoola was announced as the winner by the party’s National Officer, Abdul-Bichi Ado, at the party’s primary in Ibadan.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Popoola emerged as the consensus candidate of the party through affirmation by delegates from across the 33 local government areas.
NAN reports that the primary was attended by Mr Mutiu Agboke, the State Resident Electoral Commission of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Popoola, in his acceptance speech, promised that addressing insecurity would be accorded priority, if voted as the state governor.
He decried the spate of insecurity ravaging the state for the past three years, promising to change the narrative.
“One of the main cardinal points I intend to priority is the provision of adequate security for lives and property. People are tired of APC and PDP, they are seeking new Nigeria.
“I’m going to change the narrative; Oyo State is known for security of lives and property.
“I will also touch youths empowerment, education, health and agriculture to mention a few,” Popoola said.
Ado, who spoke on behalf of the NNPP leader, Rabiu Kwakwanso, commended leaders of the party in the state, saying the party has become a factor in the state.
He urged them to continue supporting the party toward making the dream of new Nigeria a reality.
Also, Mr Adegbola Adesesan, the State Chairman of NNPP, said the party was committed to ideology, peace and unity of the nation, adding that the party parades men of integrity.
“We don’t believe in thuggery. This party will take over the mantle of leadership in Nigeria and Oyo State comes 2023,” Adesesan said.
He appealed to NNPP members to collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), saying that it remained their weapons to send all the bad people out of government.