The New Nigeria People’s Party has cleared the air that the issue of membership of candidates is not an issue.
This came on the premise of the Appeal Court sacking Abba Yusuf as Kano State governor.
The acting national chairman of NNPP, Abba Kawu Ali, rewho disclosed this in Abuja, at the press briefing, said that for anybody to claim that Alhaji Abba Kabir Yusuf was not a member of the NNPP at the time of the 2023 general election, is the worst of mischief anyone can come up with, according to Leadership.
He called on the international community to support Nigeria’s deepened multi-party democracy and stop the APC from turning the country into a one-party state.
Ali said, “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 who 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,” he said.