INTERVIEW: How Kwankwaso’s NNPP can win the 2023 presidential election

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INTERVIEW: How Kwankwaso’s NNPP can win the 2023 presidential election
INTERVIEW: How Kwankwaso’s NNPP can win the 2023 presidential election


Buba Galadima is a board member of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), a party with a former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, as his presidential standard-bearer. In this exclusive interview published by PREMIUM TIMES HAUSA on Monday, Mr. Galadima spoke on the chances of the 2023 presidential election candidate and the insecurity in Nigeria.

PT: Let’s start with the insecurity in Nigeria. If you were part of this government, what would you do about what is happening in the state?

Galadima: Well, let me say it again, as President Muhammadu Buhari has said it before, as I have also said many times, we did not join Buhari’s political movement to vie for positions if he wins election. In our zeal, determination and love for Nigeria, we needed someone to save this country from near collapse and at that time we believed that Buhari was the man capable of doing it.

With his background as a retired military general and former head of state, we thought he was all we needed in this country. Unfortunately, after more than seven years as president, he has fared no better than someone who has never been a soldier in his life.

To secure a country, to keep everyone safe, there must be will and courage. When you give orders and your commanders fail, you fire them. But we don’t see that in his fight against terrorism and banditry.

PT: Have you read Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s letter to President Buhari informing him of the presence of Boko Haram in Kaduna and Niger states?

Galadima: What is so special about the letter? What is special about El-Rufai? What’s in this letter that we haven’t said before? Is El-Rufai any more special than millions of other Nigerians who complained about the presence of terrorists in the two states before?

Buhari front team attacked in Katsina. Kuje prison was also attacked. Soldiers from the Presidential Guard Brigade were also attacked near Bwari. Let me tell you, we are lucky because these thugs are not organized, otherwise they could be making their way into Abuja.

PT: Now let’s talk politics. The President lost his Senator Ahmed Babba-Kaita and member of the House of Representatives from Daura to the opposition parties. What do you think about that?

Galadima: When the loyal people around you start leaving you en masse, you need to check yourself. You need to check your relationship with them. Now this man is surrounded by the same people who fought with us, who wanted to eliminate us when we were in opposition with Buhari. I am talking about people like Adamu Abdullahi, Godswill Akpabio, Rotimi Amaechi and others.

When his term is over, he will know who the real marauders are in this country. I’m sure he will be shocked by what is sure to be revealed in the near future.

PT: You were with Atiku during the 2019 presidential election. He lost Kano State despite the large crowd that greeted him at the Aminu Kano International Airport, the Emir’s Palace and the Sani Abacha Stadium.

Galadima: I can swear on the Holy Quran that Atiku won the 2019 presidential election. Do you remember when President Buhari was asked by a journalist at the time, “will you congratulate the winner if you don’t win?” he replied that he is the one , who will win.

PT: Your party, NNPP, has taken in many defectors from APC and PDP in Kano. Do you think Kwankwaso can measure up to the other contestants? Do you think he will do better than Buhari or Atiku if he becomes president considering you knew Buhari and Atiku very well before you joined the Kwankwaso campaign train?

Galadima: Kwankwaso is better than the two of them and the other contestants. But Atiku would have done better than Buhari in 2019. If Atiku had been president from 2019 to today, I am sure Nigeria would not be in this serious mess.

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Going back to 2023, Kwankwaso is better and will do better than all of them. He is even more educated than Buhari and Atiku. He was an ambassador, a senator and a two-term governor. Kwankwaso has a PhD in Engineering. He is more concerned with the struggle of the less privileged. He is concerned about how the country, especially the north, is being destroyed. Kwankwaso’s footprint in educational development is unparalleled. We saw it when he was governor and he still does it in a personal capacity.

NNPP is strong in Kano, Katsina, Kwara, Niger, Kaduna, Jigawa, Bauchi, Gombe and Adamawa. The party is also strong in Taraba, Kogi, Nasarawa and Plateau. We will have strong voices in Yobe, Borno, Benue, Cross River, Akwa Ibom, Oyo and Delta. If we can have 25 percent of the votes from Lagos State, we can win the election smoothly.

PT: With the emergence of the Muslim-Muslim ticket, don’t you think the APC has an advantage over the NNPP and other parties in the North?

Galadima: You know, some people attended schools but ended up not being educated. Also, what is one man’s meat is another man’s poison. Anything a party can do to win an election is allowed if it has acted within the law and rules. The APC, on its part, feels that it cannot win the next election without a Muslim-Muslim ticket. But the NNPP chose a pastor as Kwankwaso’s vice president.

Look what we did in Plateau State, where 40 percent of the population is Muslim. Our candidate for governor is a pastor who has lived in the United States for 17 years. He also runs a conflict resolution NGO. His runner-up is Sheikh Abdullahi Ango. They are respectable, peace-loving people. So if we can have the majority votes from the Muslim side and the minority votes from the majority side, other parties can go and share the rest of the votes. Because NSNP is the only party with a Muslim as vice president.

Our aim is to find lasting solutions to the tribal and religious crises in the state where the people of the state will live in peace and other people traveling through the state will also move peacefully and safely.

Same as Taraba state where many parties have Christians as gubernatorial candidates and also as running mates. But after the NNPP reported that about 40 percent of the population is Muslim, our candidate is a Muslim and his opponent is a Christian. And people accepted it.

If the NNPP manages to get the majority vote from the Muslim side and the minority vote from the majority Christian side, our party will win both the state and presidential elections in Taraba State. This is politics. You cannot exclude a large part of society from the democratic process.

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