- An NNPP chieftain, Abass Onilewura, has accused the party's presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Rabiu Kwankwaso, of selling out the party to the APC
- Onilewura alleged that Kwankwaso used the NNPP's victory in Kano State to negotiate for his ministerial position under President Bola Tinubu
- According to the NNPP chieftain, the continuous engagement of Kwankwaso with the APC gave the ruling party to see the loopholes in the Kano governorship election
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Kano, Kano - Abass Onilewura, a chieftain of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), has accused Rabiu Kwankwaso, the flagbearer of the party in the February 25 presidential election, as the brain behind the sacking of the lone governor of the party, Abba Kabir Yusuf in Kano by the tribunal.
On Wednesday, September 20, the Kano State governorship election tribunal sacked Yusuf of the NNPP as governor of the state and declared Nasir Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the March 18 governorship poll, Vanguard reported.
NNPP chieftain accuses Kwankwaso of selling out the party
Justice Oluyemi Akintan-Osadebay-led three-man panel then withdrew the certificate of return issued to Yusuf by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
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He argued that the alleged involvement of the former governor of Kano State in anti-party activities resulted in the party's big loss at the governorship election tribunal in the state.
Onilewura accuses Kwankwaso of disrupting due process
The NNPP chieftain maintained that the incident would not have happened if the presidential candidate had allowed due process to take place and give the party's ticket to the qualified candidate.
His statement reads in part:
“Our investigation also showed that the continuous engagement of Kwankwaso with APC at some point gave room for them to discover loopholes which were later used against the Kano governor to secure victory for the opposition."
BREAKING: Only 50 people allowed into Kano tribunal venue, say police
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Kano state commissioner of police, Usaini Muhammed Gumel, has disclosed that about 50 persons were allowed into the Kano tribunal on Wednesday, September 20.
Gumel said the tribunal secretary relayed the information to the police authority, adding that the force did not order the restriction.
Some journalists were not allowed to enter into the court as a result of the restriction.