By Olusegun Olanrewaju
The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) yesterday raised the alarm over the activities of some people it described as hired and lazy hands engaged to disparage the character of Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, and the presidential candidate of the party in the 2023 elections, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
In a statement issued by Ladipo Johnson, on behalf of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) under the acting national chairmanship of Abba Kawu Ali, NNPP said it had come to the notice of the leadership of the party that certain expelled members, including one Tope Aluko and some ex-state chairmen on Monday, conducted a sponsored press conference in Abuja to malign the party’s top hierarchy.
The statement read, “They conducted a press conference in Jabi, Abuja, to falsely state as a form of propaganda, that H.E. Abba Kabir Yusuf was not a member of the NNPP as of the time of the election and that His Excellency, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso was dismissed from the party.”
According to Johnson, these allegations are false and inaccurate.
“We state that the Kano State Governor is a bona fide member of the NNPP at all material times and that we have confidence in the Supreme Court of Nigeria that justice will be done. These hired/paid hands who seem to be lackeys in the hands of the APC national chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, have ‘sold their souls’ and will do anything for pecuniary gains at the expense of the Nigerian electorate,” the statement said.
It added, “We remind the general populace that Chief Boniface Aniebonam, one of the founders of the NNPP, recently spoke out in favour of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf, and asked that his election be upheld.
“Therefore it is a mystery that some of his loyalists would stoop so low as to become hired hands to misinform Nigerians. In conclusion, we urge that Nigerians ignore the false statements by these enemies of the Nigerian electorate.”