* Lists education as priority
The New Nigeria Peoples’ Party (NNPP) presidential candidate, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has promised to offer purposeful leadership if emerges President at the February 25 election.
He gave the promise during a presidential parley hosted by the South-West Development Stakeholders Forum (SWDSF) on Tuesday, in Ibadan.
Kwankwaso was accompanied by his running mate, Bishop Isaac Idahosa, and the Oyo State governorship candidate, Olukayode Popoola.
Kwankwaso said the Nigeria at present needs a leadership strong enough to unite it, create opportunities and promote stability.
“Things have gone bad now. All those good things are not there. This is why we bring this new political party, NNPP.
“We did not only bring the party but elected good candidates in all the states, particularly Oyo State. Popoola is our best,” he said
The presidential candidate called urged Nigerians to shun issues of ethnic and religious politics, but pick the best among the candidates.
He said that it was only the best that could take the nation out of the present situation.
Kwankwaso said that it was time to have a strong leader who could stand the test of the challenges the nation was experiencing.
He said that the nation needed a credible Nigerian with the capacity and track record to lead it out of the current challenges.
“The status quo today, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) have failed. The status quo requires change.
“The change is not only the platform but the candidate. I think this is the time to have something new. This is the time to have strong people.
“People who can stand the test of challenges we have today. Now, we need a Nigerian who is credible, who has the capacity and who has a track record,” he said.
Kwankwaso pledged to replicate his feats as Kano State governor in the country, saying he did not borrow a kobo as governor.
He said that he was committed to addressing the issues of insecurity with support from security agencies.
The former governor of Kano State promised to make education a priority of his administration, pledging to improve the standard at all levels.
Kwankwaso also promised to patronise local contractors in the Southwest to revive infrastructure if elected.
The NNPP standard bearer later attended the presidential rally of the party where he made his campaign promises and why he is different from others.