he New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, declared on Sunday in Lagos that he will not abandon the race in favor of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) nominee, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the next presidential election.
This was disclosed by Kwankwaso at a meeting with the Nigeria Guild of Editors (NGE) in the Ikeja region of the state, at the same time that the former governor of Kano State admitted the necessity to restructure Nigeria’s large debt in order to advance the country.
To even be able to pay them, we’ll need to sit down and talk terms in the open air. “These are measures that I think are essential if we’re going to do everything we can to deal with the debt concerns,” he added.
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Furthermore, the NNPP standard bearer called for contributions from various stakeholders in the country on a variety of issues ranging from education to agriculture to oil and gas to insecurity, ensuring that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) advanced by guaranteeing better management of the oil and gas industry “for the interest of each and every one of us.”
The NNPP leader said that he had a unique philosophy and experience as governor of Kano State that set him apart from his rivals for the presidency.
Kwankwaso went on to say that he had learned how to manage public resources throughout his career in governance, which began while he was employed as an artisan and continues to this day.
“Of course, we are glad that it is now legislation to make sure that the NNPC is carried ahead, and we are really dedicated to incorporating the private sector in this nation.
We will back the bill and do what needs to be done to improve the oil and gas business for the benefit of all Americans, he promised.
In regards to a constitutional review, the ex-governor of Kano stated that his administration would be receptive to the desires of the people, adding, “We will be very glad to follow our procedure to get it done.”
However, “the reality remains that from my personal experience in the previous two decades; the difficulty has not principally been that of the constitution but the operators,” he continued, “which we feel by 2023 we will have the correct people to manage the Constitution.”
When asked about his plan to address the widespread insecurity that he acknowledged was a drag on economic growth, Kwankwaso said more people would need to be hired to combat the problem, and that more resources would be used to do so.
As he lamented that the job problems the country is experiencing right now might be related to security problems on the ground, he announced that around one million cops and one million military men will be recruited “to assist tackle the insecurity difficulties.”
In his introductory remarks, Mr. Mustapha Isah, President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, explained that the candidates were invited to the forum so that they could speak with editors about their platforms in advance of the next elections.
He also noted that Nigerians, especially the young people, are agitating to know what plans the candidates for elections have for them if elected as president of this great country and that the Forum will be used by editors to seek clarifications on various issues and ask critical questions on national issues which concern the common man.
Meanwhile, Isah took the opportunity to encourage the presidential candidates running on various party platforms to rein in their spokespeople, stating that their remarks to the press and interviews with the media were inflaming the situation.
Permit me to take this occasion to request that the presidential contenders bring their spokespeople to order. Their remarks to the media and interviews with the media are stirring up politics. Perhaps they, like the recent presidential aspirants in Abuja, should be required to sign a peace treaty.
We’ve noticed that the candidates are quite civil with one another. When they run into one another in public, they always greet each other with kind words. This right here is maturity. Their spokespeople could take a lesson from them. He told his coworkers, “You are not obligated to use any poisonous press release supplied to you.