2023: Kwankwaso visits Delta, receives defecting opposition politicians

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Hundreds of members of the All Progressives Congress, Peoples Democratic Party and Labour Party in Delta State on Saturday formally dumped their parties and joined forces with the New Nigerian People’s Party as the party’s Presidential candidate, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, visited Warri metropolis for political consultation ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Most of the defectors claimed that their former parties were not carrying them along in the scheme of things maintaining that they were also tired of failed promises.

They had earlier in the day participated in a “Hope Walk” organised by NNPP as part of the activities lined up for visiting Kwankwaso and inauguration of the Delta South Senatorial office of the party.

Kwankwaso who was in Delta State to further solicit support for the party’s senatorial candidate, Commodore Omatseye Nesiama (retd.), stated that even though the official campaign was yet to kick-off, he was satisfied with the popularity of the party’s senatorial candidate as well as the party, for the large turnout of party faithful and supporters that received him in the metropolis.

Kwankwaso and his entourage were earlier received by Commodore Nesiama and other party faithful at the Osubi Airstrip in Okpe Local Government Area after his flight touched down at Osubi airport.

Also speaking, Commodore Nesiama, the Delta South Senatorial candidate of NNPP expressed happiness with the presence of Kwankwaso for the inauguration of the secretariat of his campaign organisation in Warri saying, “it means he values whatever we are doing here”.

He said,“The ‘Hope Walk’ earlier in the day was to sensitize the people about the need for them, having registered to pick up their Permanent Voter Cards because without them, they cannot vote. We are just encouraging them to pick their PVCs with the same zeal they used for registration during the last exercise.”

He urged the electorate especially the people of Delta South Senatorial District to collect their PVCs noting that it is the only way they can elect candidates of their choice.

While noting that the forthcoming election is not a “do” or “die” contest, he stated that “the people’s interest is now rekindled by the presence of people like us in the race and that does not call for do or die”.

He spoke further, “The people of Delta South have moved out to show that they love the Commodore of Hope. That they love the New Nigerian People’s Party coming with new possibilities for them. That’s the joyful thing. I am elated. I am overwhelmed. And I thank God for that opportunity and for the impetus to do more.

“It is obvious with the turnout of people that nobody was rented. Nobody was bought. People came out enmass to support this movement.”


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