The National Secretary of New Nigeria’s People Party (NNPP), Olaposi Oginni, has attributed the removal of Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf, to the former Presidential candidate of the party, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
In response to the confirmation of the removal of Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf by the Court of Appeal on the grounds of alleged irregularities and electoral malpractices, Oginni squarely attributed the blame to Kwankwaso’s avarice and relentless pursuit of power and prominence.
In a statement released to the press on Sunday, the party secretary alleged that the absence of internal democracy, orchestrated by Kwankwaso, was the root cause of the loss in Kano. He highlighted that numerous essential and constitutional measures had been neglected since Kwankwaso assumed the role of the party’s flagbearer.
Oginni further asserted that names of individuals who did not partake in the NNPP’s gubernatorial primaries were erroneously submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission’s portal.
Oginni cited Kwankwaso’s actions as the reason for the governor’s removal and alleged that the party leadership could no longer tolerate his anti-party activities. He urged Kwankwaso and the party to apologize to Dr Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam for causing NNPP avoidable headaches before the final judgement at the Supreme Court.
He added, “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 elections when the party situation room was relocated to Kwankwaso’s bedroom“.
“It is on record that Kwankwaso and his Kwakwasya’s group joined NNPP in February 2022 with desperation to hijack the structure of the party at all levels”, Oginni said.
“It is obvious that in Kwankwaso’s desperation and greediness, most relevant and constitutional things were left undone. Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso incapacitated the defunct NWC to the extent that the then National Chairman and Secretary were crippled and unable to perform their statutory duties because of Kwankwaso.
“It was only Kwankwaso that was ordering the loading of candidate’s names in his house with or without primaries”.
“For instance in Ogun State, Kwankwaso uploaded the name of someone who never participated in the NNPP’s governorship primaries as the governorship candidate for Ogun State to replace Jobi Fayoyin, who emerged at the primary. It is very clear that the lack of internal democracy orchestrated by Kwankwaso brought about this Kano calamity.
“The Kwankwaso open display of political prostitution caused another avoidable collateral damage to the Kano State governor electoral victory of NNPP”.
“It is on record that the Board of Trustees of New Nigeria People’s Party and the New National Working Committee led by Major Agbo expelled Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso from NNPP for his anti-party activities.
“Kwankwaso who was formerly fraternizing with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in a desperate lobbying for a ministerial position was also within a few days seeing with Atiku and Obi plotting how to remove the president at the Tribunal and Supreme Court through “CSU” bullet.
“The leadership of NNPP could no longer tolerate this disgusting act of inconsistency and quickly expelled Kwankwaso from the party.
“We cannot pretend that all is well within the party with the expulsion of Kwankwaso and sacking of the Kano State Governor.
“It is nemesis catching up with the defunct NWC who stupidly passed a resolution of the expulsion of the founder of the party, Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam.
“Recognizing that Dr. Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam is the founder and spiritual head of NNPP, Gov. Yusuf and Kwankwaso needed to openly apologize to him for causing NNPP avoidable headache before the final judgement at the Supreme Court. I strongly believe it is not over until it’s over.
“If Kwankwaso is humble enough to beg the founder of NNPP and Dr. Aniebonam forgives. God Himself shall forgive Kwankwaso and Gov Yusuf and the hope shall rise again.
“However, one does not need to be a lawyer or judge to know that the case of Gov. Abbah Yusuf of Kano State is more spiritual than physical. This is because it is obvious that NNPP won Kano State flat in the last general election, judging from every empirical evidence, including but not limited to State, Federal House and Senatorial seat results.
“It is also settled cases in the Appeal and Supreme Courts that only the party and its members can determine who is a member or not. Even the court and the INEC do not have the locus standi to determine membership of a party.
Therefore, Senator Kwankwaso should approach God and seek forgiveness for allowing inconsequential and meddlesome interlopers to dictate and pronounce the expulsion of Knapp’s founder, a known messenger of God.
“I believe that the Supreme Court will reverse the avoidable injustice done to the governor of Kano State and the people of Kano who have elected Governor Abbah Yusuf as their choice.
“The political angle of this avoidable injustice to the electorates of Kano State is not above intervention if only Senator Kwankwaso will purge himself of arrogance and proudness”, Oginni concluded.