Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Thursday, said the party could not win more states in the just concluded governorship elections, because the party’s logo was not visible for voters to identify.
Kwankwaso, who is also the national leader of the party, said this while addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday after the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC), however, scored the security agencies high in the discharge of the duty, despite a few misgivings.
Tasking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to correct the errors in subsequent elections, he added that the poor printing and representation of the party on the ballot papers by INEC was enough reason for the NNPP to demand outright cancellation of the entire polls.
According to him, “Most people including my humble self had to struggle very hard to identify our logo. I believe that our party will now sit down and work out how we can present our logo for the next election. We do not want to be in a hurry to go to court on some of these issues.
“But I believe under normal circumstance, what INEC presented as our logo, in a civilised society is good enough to cancel the national election. We were disenfranchised. We are not properly presented or represented on the logo and that went a long way in creating so much difficulty for our candidates and therefore for party.”
Kwankwaso, however, scored security agencies high in the discharge of their duties saying, “We are happy with the security agents, going by what we have seen in Kano, and other parts of the country, they have generally done well. Even though in Kano we had a peculiar situation, where a particular arm of the security was bitterly against our party.”
Also, the National Chairman of the Party, Prof Rufa’i Ahmed Alkali, said by virtue of the victory of NNPP, it would be a torchbearer for other states to follow, adding that the 2023 presidential election left behind a trail of anger, bitterness and uncertainty with many unanswered questions agitating for answers.
“As you embark upon your new responsibilities, we wish to assure you and the good people of Kano that Kano State will become the torch-bearer among other states in the establishment of a government that cares for human life and happiness, not their exploitation and oppression but as a government whose worth is her citizen’s worth, as contained within the pages of our great party, NNPP’s Manifesto.
“We implore you to stand out of the crowd, work assiduously and take the necessary steps to consolidate and build upon the indelible legacies and giant strides of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the builder of modern Kano State.
“Undoubtedly, as we all know, the 2023 Presidential election has come and gone but it has left behind a trail of anger, bitterness and uncertainty with many unanswered questions agitating for answers. In my view, for anybody to have legitimate authority in this country, he must have political victory, legal victory, and moral victory,” Alkali said.
Juliet Akoje in Abuja