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Why We Formed PDP in 1999 – Kwankwaso

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A former governor of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, has revealed the rationale behind the formation of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.

according to the former Minister of Defence, the PDP was formed to dislodge military rule in 1999.

Kwankwaso stated this on Tuesday, while declaring his intention to contest the 2023 presidency under the platform of the New Nigerian People’s Party, NNPP.

He expressed anger over the status quo of the country and promised to tackle prevailing challenges bedevilling the country, particularly insecurity.

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He also said Nigeria is divided like never before, and called on those with the interest of the country at heart to join the NNPP, to rid the country of unprogressive elements like he and others did with the PDP in 1999.

Addressing newsmen after securing his expression of interest and nomination forms, Kwankwaso said;

From 1998 to 2014, I was governor of Kano (State) twice, Minister of Defence, and member of the NDDC board representing North-West, but I came to realise that we were together in the PDP for the purposes that the party was formed, that was to get rid of military rule.

“It was later that I realised there were so many differences (within the PDP). The ideology was completely different, and it became so difficult for us to work together.

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“In 2015, I became a senator under the APC and worked for the party, believing that they were real progressives. Unfortunately, we realised that the PDP was even better.

“I am angry with the status quo, but for those who are satisfied with the status quo, ranging from insecurity to the issue of economy that is so much in shambles across this country, it is unfortunate that they will continue to be in the ruling party.

“I am happy to say that I have already paid the N30m to the party for the expression of interest and presidential nomination forms. Let me call on all Nigerians, especially my brothers and sisters who are in this game of politics, to do what I have done, and that is to join the NNPP.

“While we are calling on everyone to join the NNPP, I want to remind Nigerians that this is a progressive party that wants to change the political landscape of the country. I want to tell them that those who really want to serve this country should join hands with us.

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“But for those of us who believe in the unity of this country, Nigeria is divided like never before, we are the people who have decided to come together to make sure we have one Nigeria no matter which religion you practice. We have to come together to fight them and make sure Nigeria is returned to peace and modern world economy.”

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