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NUP woos Kwankwaso, others

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso may join the National Unity Party (NUP) as key officials of his group, the Kwankwasiyya Movement, attended the party’s National Harmonisation…

Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso may join the National Unity Party (NUP) as key officials of his group, the Kwankwasiyya Movement, attended the party’s National Harmonisation and Integration Meeting held yesterday in Abuja.

The former governor of Kano, a presidential hopeful is a member of the APC but he has been fighting for the soul of the APC in Kano with his successor, Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.  

When contacted last night that their supporters were seen at NUP enlarged meeting yesterday, the spokesperson of Kwankwaso, Hajiya Binta Spikin, said their principal was still a member of APC and had not made his position known on leaving the party.

She said, “Kwankwasiyya is a movement and its members cut across all political parties even though its leader is an active member APC. You can see Kwankwasiyya members in all the political parties we have in this country. 

“So seeing Kwankwasiyya members at the gathering of another political party besides APC does not mean Kwankwaso is going there. Kwankwaso did not join APC secretly and I don’t think he will leave it secretly,” she said.

Other groups that attended the meeting included a faction of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), a splinter group that left the PDP popularly known as ‘Fresh PDP,’ and a political group called Alliance for National Unity (ANU).

The National Chairman of NUP, Chief Perry Opara, who addressed journalists yesterday during the meeting, said the party had resolved to fill the vacuum allegedly created by the failure of PDP and APC.

Opara said, “I hereby welcome the leadership of the ‘Fresh PDP’ who have decided today to join NUP as a veritable platform for 2019 elections.

“I also welcome well respected leaders of APDA from the various states of the federation and its national leadership who have also found favour and need for cooperation with our great party, NUP.

“It is significant to mention the thought provoking decision of the leaders of ANU who have also decided today to join in this quest to unite Nigeria ahead of the 2019 general elections. 

“There is no way I can end this expression of gratitude without mentioning the national leaders and state structures of the Kwankwasiyya Movement in the 36 states of the federation who feel that the National Unity Party is a veritable organisation that will provide a level playing ground for 2019 elections and for meritocracy and dynamic socio-political change in Nigeria.”

The NUP boss, who said that the party had also come to provide the missing link and answer the clarion call to unite Nigeria, launched the three-point agenda which included national unity and peaceful co-existence; universal protection of lives, property and stoppage of killings in Nigeria as well as provision of employment opportunities and eradication of hardship in Nigeria.


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