Thursday, February 22, 2024

NNPP petitions EU, UK over Appeal Court’s judgment in Kano

The New Nigeria People’s Party, on Wednesday, petitioned the European Union, the British High Commission, the Canadian Embassy and the Economic Community of West African States among others over the Court of Appeal’s judgment that upheld the sacking of Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State.

The NNPP said that there were indications that there were moves to truncate the will of the majority of the people of the state regarding the mandate given freely to Yusuf on March 18, 2023.

The party disclosed this during a peaceful protest walk to the British High Commission, the European Union, the Canadian Embassy, and the ECOWAS Secretariat among others in Abuja.

While presenting the petition at the EU Secretariat in Abuja, the party’s National Auditor, Ladipo Johnson, on behalf of the acting National Chairman, Abba Ali, said, “A deliberate hijack of people’s mandate in Kano will no doubt have consequences politically, economically, and socially, especially in light of its humanitarian repercussions.

“From the look of things, there are clandestine moves to truncate the will of the vast majority of the people of Kano State concerning the governor they freely and willingly elected on March 18, 2023, Abba Yusuf.”

Johnson recalled that during the 2019 general elections, Yusuf contested and won the governorship election on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, which their group joined a few months before the elections.

He, however, said that “the 2019 mandate to Governor Yusuf was allegedly snatched away by the powers that be under very controversial circumstances, and this day-light robbery was given a seal of authority by the judiciary.”

While the NNPP has proceeded to the Supreme Court to seek redress, the party said that it is concerned with the peace and stability of Kano State in particular and Northern Nigeria, in general.

It, therefore, urged the Supreme Court to embrace substantial justice by restoring the mandate given to Yusuf.

“We call on President Bola Tinubu, world leaders, former Nigerian Presidents/ Heads of States, heads of international organisations, and heads of local and international security agencies, and all promoters of democracy to counsel the Nigerian judiciary, specifically the Supreme Court, in respect of the Kano State Governorship seat.

“As we head towards this next level of adjudication, which of course is the final, there is palpable tension in Kano. The city’s atmosphere is enveloped in anger, with a sense of shock and agony pervading every discussion on the streets, offices, and homes,” he said.

Receiving the petition at the EU Embassy, Head of Delegation Mission, Agnieszka Oliveira, appreciated the party for peacefully channeling its grievances, adding that the EU will follow up with the case.

Oliveira said, “We have deployed an election observation mission during elections in Nigeria, last time as well, I was personally observing elections in Kano, and I saw the enthusiasm in Kano. We will follow the case and the development and will convey that to the Ambassador.”

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