- Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso bolstered the stature of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP)
- The NNPP is a far-right political party, predominantly active in Kano state, North West region
- It contested the 2023 Nigerian presidential election, but its standard-bearer and leader, Kwankwaso, came fourth, winning only one state — its stronghold of Kano
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Kano, Kano state - Stephen Osemwegie, a chieftain of the Labour Party (LP), has said if supporters of Peter Obi pay attention to the Kano state chapter of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), they "might learn a thing or two".
Obi, the presidential candidate of the LP, came third in the 2023 election.
'NNPP understands how to deal with APC'
Osemwegie's comment comes against the backdrop of the Kano state governorship election petitions tribunal verdict that sacked Yusuf Abba as governor of the state.
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Abba is a chieftain of the NNPP, which is a force to reckon with in Kano state.
During the proceedings at the tribunal on Wednesday, September 20, many of the party's supporters trooped out in their hundreds, donning their traditional red caps.
Reacting to the fortitude of the Kano state chapter of the NNPP, Osemwegie wrote on X (formerly Twitter):
"#Obidients (referring to supporters of Obi), if we pay attention to Kano State NNPP and the Kwankwasiya Movement, we might learn a thing or two from them o (sic).
"Perhaps we need to come down from our high horse and find out what they know that we don’t.
"They have the people, we have the people, they match APC like for like, they follow their votes till announcement of results at collation center and also like in this video, also follow their candidates to tribunal.
"Respect to people who understand APC and how to deal with them decisively."
Tribunal sacks Gov Abba Yusuf of Kano
Earlier, Legit.ng reported how the court sacked Yusuf as governor of the state.
On Wednesday, September 20, the tribunal declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Nasir Gawuna, the winner of the Kano State governorship elections held on Saturday, March 18.
Why Kano tribunal sacked Gov Yusuf
In an earlier report by Legit.ng, the court ruled that 165,663 votes of the governor were invalid.
According to the judgment, the ballot papers for the 165,663 votes were not signed and stamped, therefore, they were invalid.