The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in the February 25, 2023 general elections, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has said that many things are wrong with Nigeria’s democracy.
Kwankwaso, who spoke on Thursday in Abuja during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party, said this year’s elections were marred by violence and vote buying.
Kwankwaso, a former Governor of Kano State, said, “There are so many things wrong with our democracy, and unfortunately, those hitting the system hard are those benefiting from it.
“But maybe because they have lost touch with the people, the people no longer love them, they have resorted to subverting the system. If the people love you, you won’t need money to buy them over and they will celebrate your victory when you are declared winner.”
He, however, expressed his satisfaction with the conduct of security agents in Kano during the polls.
He said, “This is an opportunity to say that we are not happy with the way and manner our logo was presented on our ballot papers. It was so bad that the international observers led by former South African President, Thabo Mbeki, could not relate with the logo or what it means.
“I know that under a free and fair election, NNPP could have done so much more than what we have seen. My advice to my colleagues and friends in politics is please, go softly, try and be popular, try and earn the support of your people.”
In his address at the event, the NNPP National Chairman, Professor Rufa’i Ahmed Alkali, called on Kano governor-elect, Abba Kabir Yusuf (NNPP), national and Houses of Assembly elected candidates to be good ambassadors of the party by “upholding its vision, mission and core values at various levels of leadership.”