The Contemporary Nigeria Peoples Occasion (NNPP) has spoken in defence of its presidential candidate, Sen. Rabiu Kwakwanso after allegations that the outdated Kano Grunt Governor is an ethnic bigot.
The Nationwide Chairman of the NNPP, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali in a assertion on Tuesday in Abuja acknowledged the phrases of Kwankwaso about Igbos and their political roles in Nigeria were taken out of context.
He acknowledged that Kwankwaso and the entire NNPP comprise nothing but respect for the entire other folks of the southeast and all Nigerians, including that the occasion’s presidential candidate could moreover merely not ever talk much less of any ethnic team or faith.
Kumornews reports that Kwankwaso had been in the perceive of the storm and labelled an ethnic/non secular bigot following his assertion in Gombe Grunt over the weekend whereas inaugurating the Gombe Grunt Executive of the occasion in which he was quoted to comprise acknowledged the Igbos were factual replace other folks but sad politicians.
Alternatively, Alkali in his defence on Tuesday following the backlash generated by the assertion acknowledged Kwanwaso’s phrases were taken out of context.
he went ahead to checklist one of the most enormous political achievements of the southeast and the Igbos in Nigeria’s political set.
In step with him, “Our Presidential candidate will not in any diagram malign any zone or any particular person as a result of we mediate that NNPP need the votes of the entire zones and all citizens to govern Nigeria.
“We prefer to reveal that NNPP will canvass votes from all geo-political zones to take cling of the 2023 Presidential election and would not in any diagram decide into fable any zone much less as we comprise got supporters and candidates all over the nation.”
He added that “In step with the anecdote, Kwankwaso, whereas inaugurating the Gombe Grunt Executive of the occasion final week, was quoted to comprise acknowledged that the South-East (Igbo Folks) are factual in replace, but on the backside of politics in Nigeria.”
Alkali continued, asserting: “Alternatively, as a occasion that is desirous to commerce the difficulty of the nation, we mediate that no Nigerian of any geopolitical zone, tribe, ethnic nationality or non secular persuasion is least on the rung of the ladder for your whole effort to lift the specified commerce in the nation.
“The NNPP wants to categorically disclose that the assertion of its Presidential Candidate. Sen. Kwankwaso on the occasion was positioned out of context.
“The NNPP Presidential candidate has continually emphasised that the Igbo were frontrunners in the fight for the nation’s fight for independence.
“Also, they’d produced the first President of the nation in the person of the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of the Senate, Dr Nwafor Orizu, outdated Vice President, late Dr Alex Ekwueme, four outdated Presidents of the Senate from 1999 to this point and other top political place of job holders.”
The NNPP Charman acknowledged the occasion’s target is to work with other love minds to lift the specified commerce to Nigeria.
“It is miles pertinent to reveal that the discussions with any political occasion or particular person is an ongoing thing that can perhaps lift the specified commerce of a brand novel Nigeria,” Alkali acknowledged.