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Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigerian Peoples Party, NNPP, has debunked rumours that he may step down for Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.
Kwankwaso stated his when he featured at the Nigerian Guild of Editors, NGE, forum, yesterday in Lagos, pledged to renegotiate the country’s huge debt to stabilize the country. He accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and the PDP, which have been in position of power since 1999 of being responsible for the challenges facing the country.
The presidential hopeful pledged to restructure the country if voted into power, adding his voice to the increasing calls for such structural rearrangement.
The former Kano State governor said, “Some people are saying that I am stepping down for Atiku, why then did I leave the party? These are the issues. The problem with that party is that there are so many people, who believe that they are highly privileged. In democracy, people are free to follow any political party.
“You cannot sit there and start dictating that one I like, he is going to be the presidential candidate or that one I don’t like him.
“Now, people are concocting the story that I am going to step down for them or that I am going to withdraw for them. Why did they allow me to go? What happened at that time or was it still an issue in the party?”
Commenting on the recently privatised Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, the NNPP candidate said, “Of course, we are happy that it’s now a law to make sure that the NNPC is moved forward and we are very committed to involving the private sector in this country. We will support the bill and do whatever it takes to make sure that the oil and gas industry is better for the interest of each and everyone of us.”
Source: This Day