Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano State has said that it is the failure of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), informed the decision to form the third force, The National Movement.
Kwankwaso said that the movement wants the country to have good democracy, good election and good government, which is why they thought another choice should be given to Nigerians, stressing that they have seen the performance of the PDP in16 years and are now watching the performance of the APC and thought that things have to change.
The former Minister of Defense on Arise Television on Friday said, “We have the issues of economy, security, education and many other things that have to do with the lives of our people. I and many other people from across the country were part of the launching and many other people across the country who for one reason or the other could not be physically present sent representatives.
“We have been able to give hope to people ranging from politicians who have found it very difficult to go to either of the two major political parties. The National Movement is giving hope to all Nigerians that this is real democracy,” Kwankwaso said.
Talking about his reason for leaving the PDP, he said, “I was in PDP since 1998. And 1999 I was opportune to be the governor of Kano State and 2003. I lost reelection and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, the then President appointed me the Minister of Defense. I had an opportunity to also go back to Kano State as governor.
“I was in PDP until 2011 when we realized that certain things were wrong with the leadership of PDP and we saw that it was necessary at that time to bring in a change. Five of us in the PDP joined the new registered APC and we worked hard to ensure that we took power from the PDP, which we did successfully, unfortunately, the change that we thought to be the best for Nigeria turned out to be the opposite,” he said.
He added, “We did our best, if you look at the records, especially the votes that came from North, but for some obvious reason, the current President had to continue for a second term. Now we are in PDP and APC on the other hand, we tried as much as possible to convince our party and even the APC to do the right thing in terms of good management of the party, it is like all that we prayed for could not be achieved, many of our friends and colleague thought that there should be need to bring something new.