Tribunal sacks Kano Governor, NNPP blames Kwankwaso

admin September 22, 2023
Updated 2023/09/22 at 9:28 AM

The blame for the loss of Kano governor, Yusuf Abba at the State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal has been placed on Rabiu Kwankwaso, a former presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

The NNPP accuses Kwankwaso of betraying the party and aligning with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure a ministerial position in the President Bola Tinubu-led government.

The tribunal recently removed Abba from office and declared the APC candidate, Nasir Gawuna, as the winner of the March 18 governorship election in Kano state. The panel justified this decision by stating that the votes received by NNPP were not valid or in accordance with the Electoral Act of 2022

The judges invalidated 165,663 votes from the NNPP as they were found to be unstamped and unsigned. In response, Alhaji Abass Akande Onilewura, a Chieftain of the NNPP in Southwest, issued a statement on Thursday stating that the party’s loss in Kano supports the claim of Kwankwaso’s involvement in anti-party activities.

Onilewura emphasized that the former NNPP flagbearer’s alleged actions were responsible for the significant loss the party is experiencing following the Tribunal’s ruling in Kano.

He argued that Kwankwaso failed to adhere to proper procedure in selecting some of the party’s gubernatorial candidates, resulting in the nomination of unpopular or unacceptable candidates.

He further claimed that the party’s loss was a consequence of Kwankwaso’s self-interest, as he allegedly sold the party to the highest bidder.

The source emphasized that if Kwankwaso had followed due process and chosen the most qualified candidate instead of his in-law, the loss would not have occurred.

Additionally, an investigation revealed that Kwankwaso’s involvement with the APC allowed them to identify weaknesses that were later exploited to secure victory for the opposition.

“It is unfortunate that some of us sweat to get the party to where it is today, only for someone like Kwankwaso to come and make all our efforts a waste. We are happy that someone like that has been expelled from this great party.

“We also want to use the avenue to warn him to stay clear of NNPP, we don’t want a betrayal in our party and we would do anything humanly possible to secure our party from hijackers who are more concerned about personal gain.

“I will also urge our members across the country to remain calm because a new leadership has taken over the party and we would do everything to restore the glory of our party. NNPP will come out to become a strong voice and opposition that would stand for justice, equity, and good governance.”

The New Nigeria People’s Party, a predominantly active far-right political party in Nigeria, participated in the 2023 Nigerian presidential election. However, despite being led by Rabiu Kwankwaso, the party secured only the 4th position and won solely in its stronghold of Kano state.

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