The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has pointed fingers at former presidential candidate Rabiu Kwankwaso, alleging that he played a role in the removal of Kano Governor Yusuf Abba by the State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal.
The NNPP claims that Kwankwaso is responsible for what they consider the betrayal of the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in exchange for a potential ministerial position in a government led by President Bola Tinubu.
The Kano State Governorship Election Petitions Tribunal recently ruled in favor of the APC candidate, Nasir Gawuna, ousting Governor Abba and withdrawing his Certificate of Return issued by the Independent National Electoral Commission.
The tribunal’s decision was primarily based on the argument that the margin of votes won by the NNPP was invalid and not in compliance with the 2022 electoral act. The judges deducted 165,663 votes from the NNPP’s tally, citing that the ballot papers for these votes were not properly stamped or signed, rendering them invalid.
In response, Alhaji Abass Akande Onilewura, a prominent member of NNPP in the Southwest, released a statement to the press, asserting that the party’s loss in Kano aligns with the allegations of anti-party activities against Kwankwaso.
Onilewura emphasized that Kwankwaso’s alleged involvement in anti-party actions resulted in the party’s significant setback in Kano, as the tribunal ruled against them.
He claimed that Kwankwaso had not adhered to proper procedures when selecting some of the party’s gubernatorial candidates, which led to the nomination of unpopular or unacceptable candidates.
Onilewura stated, “This loss is a big one for us at NNPP, and it only happened because of the selfishness of Kwankwaso, who sold the party to the highest bidder.
“While we are still waiting for the Certified True Copy of the tribunal judgment, it is important for the world to know that this would not have happened if Kwankwaso had allowed due process and given the ticket to the most qualified candidate but his inlaw.
He added, “Our investigation also showed that the continuous engagement of Kwankwaso with APC at some point gave room for them to discover loopholes which were later used against the Kano governor 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.”