From Okwe Obi, Abuja
The New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) has dismissed insinuations that its presidential candidate, Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is a spoiler in the 2023 general poll.
NNPP’s National Secretary, Dipo Olayoku, in a statement he issued after an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC), where some publications against the party and its presidential candidate were reviewed.
According to him, the NWC also reviewed the timetable for the kick-off of its presidential campaign.
The statement quipped that after reviewing some reports against the party and its presidential candidate, the NWC discovered that they were sponsored against the party.
On Monday, a publication raised the question: “Kwankwaso a contender or spoiler”?
But the NNPP Working Committee however said, its presidential candidate was the one to beat in the 2023 presidential election, therefore cannot be a spoiler or a pretender.
The National Secretary said other political parties and their Candidates had made the NNPP presidential candidate their target, that no week would pass without them sponsoring one thing or the other in the media against him or the party.
Beyond the weekly publication raising the question of whether Kwankwaso is a contender or spoiler, the attention of the national leadership of the party was also drawn to a report of the storm in the party by an online portal, News Express.
“The report alleged that a chieftain of the party is a mole, working for another party and its presidential candidate.
“According to the report, this has placed the chieftain against the NNPP presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
“However, l want to state that nothing can be further from the truth than this. We in the National Working Committee consider these reports as the handiwork of fifth columnists, who have been trying to cause disaffection in the party and they will never succeed.
“They had tried in the past to plant such discord that our presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso was going to step down for another presidential candidate. Since that couldn’t fly they have resorted to planting sundry stories against the party.
“As a political party, our mission and vision and that of our presidential candidate are very clear. That mission and vision are to win the presidential election next year and to take the country out of the woods, which it has been in the last seven years.
“The meritorious and distinguished credentials of our presidential candidate Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in public service and all the political offices that he held are indisputable and no one can fault them.
“We do sincerely understand that it is the tree with the ripe fruits that attract the attention of the people, the reason for the barrage of attacks against our party and its presidential candidate.
“However, we are moving, as the party is working in harmony and unity of purpose for what it’s doing. We remain focused and would not allow anybody to distract us by sowing seeds of disaffection at the party. NNPP remains the fastest growing party in the country.”
“We are therefore calling on all our members and teeming supporters to disregard all misleading and diversionary reports,” he said.