The National Secretary of the New Nigeria People’s Party, Olaposi Oginni, has expressed the need to blame the 2023 Presidential candidate of the party, Senatabiu Kwankwaso, for how the election tribunal and the Appeal Court sacked the Governor of Kano, Abba Kabir Yusuf.
Oginni who stated this while reacting to the judgement of the appeal court, which sacked Yusuf, said Kwankwaso was a major factor responsible for the sack of the Kano Governor, accusing him of alleged irregularities and electoral malpractices.
The NNPP Secretary also blamed the ordeal of the Kano governor on “Kwankwaso’s greediness and his insatiable search for power and relevance”.
The party chieftain in a statement made available to DAILY POST, maintained that the lack of internal democracy allegedly orchestrated by Kwankwaso brought about the Kano loss.
According to him, the NNPP ignored some relevant constitutional requirements since Kwankwaso became the party’s candidate.
Oginni further alleged that the names of people who did not participate in the party’s primaries were uploaded into the Independent National Electoral Commission’s portal as candidates.
Premium Politics reported that Yusuf of the NNPP was declared the winner of the March 18 governorship election in Kano State, by the INEC.
However, the governor was taken to the state Election Petition Tribunal by the All Progressives Congress, which asked the tribunal to declare its candidate, Nasir Gawuna as the winner, citing some constitutional violations as the reason why Yusuf should be disqualified.
Yusuf, after losing at the tribunal which declared Gawuna as the lawful winner of the election, approached the appeal court but also lost at the appellate court.
Oginni in his reaction, said: “It is unfortunate that this avoidable embarrassment of the removal of Kano State Governor was as a result of unholy activities in the Maitama house of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in the build-up to 2023 General Election when the Party Situation Room was relocated to Kwankwaso’s bedroom.”
He claimed, that Kwankwaso and his Kwankwasiyya group, joined the NNPP and hijacked the structure of the party at all levels, noting Kwankwaso ordered the loading of candidate’s names with or without primaries.
According to him, in Ogun State, Kwankwaso uploaded the name of Ajadi Oguntoyinbo who did not participate in the primary as the governorship candidate to replace Jobi Fayoyin.
“It is very clear that the lack of internal democracy orchestrated by Kwankwaso brought about this Kano calamity.”
Speaking further, the NNPP scribe said nemesis was catching up with Kwankwaso and the defunct National Working Committee of the party who passed a resolution for the expulsion of the founder of the NNPP, Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam.
He however charged the former Kano governor to recognise Aniebonam as the founder and spiritual head of the NNPP, urging him and Gov. Yusuf to openly apologise to Aniebonam for causing NNPP an avoidable headache.
According to him, this should be done before the final judgement at the Supreme Court, saying “I strongly believe it is not over until it’s over.”