The New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) has expressed shock over last Friday’s judgement at the Court of Appeal which sacked Kano state governor, Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf, on the ground that he was not a member of NNPP at the time he was nominated to run for the election.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja Saturday, Acting National Chairman of the party Abba Kawu Ali said “Governor Yusuf was, and is still a card carrying member of the NNPP”, adding that “any claim to the contrary was only in the figment of the imagination of the mischief–makers.”
The Acting National Chairman who stated that the party was set to appeal to the judgement at the Supreme Court, expressed the belief that the apex court would correct the errors of the tribunal and the Appeal Court.
Kawu Ali said, “To claim that His Excellency Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf was not a member of the NNPP at the time of the 2023 general election, is to say the least, the worst of mischief anybody can come up with.
“For the avoidance doubt, Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf was, and is still a card carrying bonafide member of the NNPP. Any claim to the contrary is only in the figment of the imagination of the mischief–makers.
“How could he have contested the election when the INEC portal for the submission of candidates nomination and Expression of Interest forms could not have accepted any form that was not uploaded together with the copy of the NNPP membership card of the nominee.
“For our party, and we are sure for INEC as well, the issue of membership of candidate is a non-issue since the system of nomination is designed by INEC in such a way that only registered members can be nominated and uploaded onto the portal.
“It is, therefore, unbelievable that the Appeal Court would refuse to look at the merit of our party’s appeal and cling to the erroneous issue of membership that has already been settled severally by both the Appeal and Supreme Courts.
“We are, therefore, informing all members of the NNPP and indeed all Nigerians that our party has already briefed our lawyers to appeal this injustice at the Supreme Court.
“While we believe that the Supreme Court will correct the errors of the tribunal and the Appeal Court and restore the mandate of the good people of Kano state by re-affirming Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf as the duly elected Governor of Kano state, we are not unmindful of the political desperation of the APC leaders in Kano state, who were roundly rejected at the polls and are now scampering to hijack power at all cost through the chambers of the court as they did in 2019.
“We are, therefore, calling on all well-meaning Nigerians to intervene in the Kano situation as it is increasingly becoming the test case for the survival of democracy in Nigeria and the credibility of the judicial system.
“The ruling party must not be allowed to be using the chambers of the courts to annihilate and incinerate opposition parties.
Our party has won 2 Senate positions in Kano state, 19 House of Representatives positions in Kano (18) and Jigawa states (1) and 30 states House of Assembly positions in Kano(26) Bauchi (2) Taraba(1), and Nasarawa (1) as well as Governorship position in Kano State.
“We pray that the Judiciary would live up to its calling as the temple of justice and the last hope of the common man. So far members of the NNPP Nationwide and the people of Kano State are yet to get justice from the Judiciary. We have not lost hope and will not lose hope.
“We are therefore calling on the ruling party to save democracy in Nigeria by halting their clandestine moves to annihilate all other political parties and drag the country into a one party system.
“We are calling on the international community to support our country to deepen multi-party democracy and stop the APC from turning the country into a one –party state.Long live NNPPLong live democracy in Nigeria Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”