The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Dr. Musa Kwakwanso, described on Thursday the promoters of his rumoured merger with another party as “failed politicians.”
Kwankwaso said this while speaking with newsmen in Abeokuta, shortly after he addressed the NNPP members at the party secretariat in the state capital.
The NNPP presidential candidate denied that he planned a merger of the party with other political parties ahead of next year’s election.
Kwakwanso said, “That’s absolute nonsense. You see, we believe that we are not above the three or four parties in this country, but by 2023, next year, by the grace of God, the NNPP will win the election at the national level and all other levels.
“So, these are people who are failed politicians who have nothing to tell Nigerians other than to spread unnecessary rumour of a merger.
“Merger is already gone. We have our candidates. In all the parties, everybody is campaigning. So, disregard that nonsense.”
Kwankwaso, however, lost his temper when he was asked if he would step down for any candidate, saying, “Don’t ask me that rubbish.”
While addressing members of the NNPP, the presidential candidate pledged to strengthen Nigeria’s armed forces with one million recruits if elected president.
He added that his government would grant education at all levels to citizens and place priority on youth and women’s empowerment.
The state chairman of the party, Olaposi Oginni, warned Nigerians against returning the All Progressives Congress to power both at the state and federal levels.
Oginni said, “Only lunatics would vote for the APC.”
He said due to the level of suffering and poor economy under the APC government, no Nigerian was expected to vote for the ruling party in 2023.