Kwankwasiyya supporters burn their red caps, endorse Tinubu. See photo


On Sunday, former supporters of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso burned the red caps typically won by the former Kano governor.


They declared their support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.


They were among the 10,000 people in Kano who abandoned the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), NNPP, and ADC for the APC.



The USIR North West Project for Tinubu/Shettima 2023 received them on Sunday.

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The convener, Haiiya Umma Salma Isyaku Rabiu, stated, “Today, we have gathered here to welcome and celebrate these 10,000 individuals who have left their various political parties to join our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).”

Kwankwasiyya supporters
supporters burning their red caps

She stated, “These are all card-carrying members of the PDP, NNPC, ADC, PRP, ADP, and other political parties who have chosen to leave darkness for light, regress for progress, and fear and intimidation for honour and integrity.”


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“As you can see, these individuals are present due to the cohesion and advancement of the APC as the sole in Nigeria. The party that has the people’s best interests at heart, the party that wants Nigeria to continue to improve; the party that loves Nigeria and Nigerians.”


She explained that the majority of decampees joined the APC after Tinubu won the party’s presidential primaries.



“They (decampees) understood that Nigeria is on the verge of regaining its glory and that the north is on the verge of regaining its greatness.


“Without a shadow of a doubt, Asiwaju’s background as a freedom fighter (for the establishment of democracy in Nigeria), which culminated in his founding role in the APC’s formation, makes his selection for our party quite exceptional.


“It is a matter of honour for the APC, an obligation that is in no way affected by the decisions of another political party, and it was largely this position that provided the paradigm shift for the party to go for elections rather than consensus, paving the way for Tinubu to win the party’s nomination.



She praised the APC northern governors for ensuring that the party respected the zoning principle.


She ridiculed other presidential candidates, stating that Tinubu was the only one in the race.



“Senator Tinubu exudes presidential qualities. His track record cannot be surpassed. When they asked me why I am so confident that Tinubu is the best presidential candidate, I inquired about his opponents because I am unaware of them.


“These tens of thousands of people are evidence that Tinubu is the people’s choice. “His decisions and choices over the past few months have demonstrated his grasp of the political dynamics of and provided a glimpse of his vision for the country,” the convener said.



The highlight of the ceremony was the burning of red caps, which were replaced with black Asiwaju pea caps for the newcomers to the APC.

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