The former Kano State governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, had on Wednesday in Abuja emerged as the national leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).
9news Nigeria reports that his appointment as the new national leader came a day after he dumped the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in his ward in Kano and joined the new party on Tuesday in Abuja.
It was gathered that Kwankwanso, obtained the membership card of the NNPP ahead of Wednesday’s convention.
Speaking on his experience, he said that in 30 years, he contested elections 16 times and won 13 times.
“I know why people lose elections and I know how people win elections.
“In the last 30 years, I have contested elections 16 times and won 13 times.”
9news Nigeria learnt that at the end of the convention, Kwankwaso loyalists dominated the 39-man new National Executive Committee.
Some of the newly elected members are:
Prof. Rufai Alkali (a political scientist and former National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), from Gombe State) – National Chairman
AVM Ifemeje John Chris (Retd) (Anambra)- Deputy National Chairman
Mr Dipo Olayoku (Ogun)- National Secretary
Senator Suleiman (Kaduna)- National Organizing Secretary
Major Gilbert Agbo (Benue) – Kaduna and National Publicity Secretary
In remarks, Kwankwaso said he was impressed with the support of his loyalists and supporters of the party.
“What remains is for all of us to go back to the grassroots, our states and local governments to register ourselves and families and to tell all Nigerians to register with NNPP.
“We are all aware that the people are tired of the APC and PDP and that was why previous elections recorded low voter turnout.
“We thank God that we have fresh air for a better new Nigeria. People are tired and want change and the NNPP is the fresh air that can do it,” Kwankwaso said.
He also berated the present administration for failing to tackle insecurity, lamenting Monday’s train attack in Kaduna which led to the killing, injury and kidnapping of passengers.
He said he was pained at the turn of events, especially as a former Minister of Defence.