The founder of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, has said that the dismissal of Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, by the Court of Appeal came as a shock.
On Friday, November 17, the Appeal Court upheld an earlier ruling that nullified Yusuf’s victory on the grounds that he was not an NNPP member when the election occurred, hence, declared APC’s Nasiru Gawuna as the duly elected governor.
Reacting to this, Aniebonam in a statement issued on Saturday, November 18, noted that only NNPP can determine its members, not the judiciary.
The statement read, “I do know that it is only the NNPP and its members that can determine who is a member of the party.
“I also know that a party and its members can bring into the party, and grant such a person a waiver to go into election and represent the party in an election.
“I also know and believe that it is only someone who contested nomination under NNPP that can challenge the membership of the party in an election.
“To the contrary, no other person has the right to raise objection.”
He further assured the people of Kano state that their hope is still alive.
“Our hope is alive ahead the Supreme Court judgment in due time.
“I hereby encourage all members of our great party and indeed the indigenes of Kano in particular to keep faith with the final decision of God under this avoidable circumstances,” he added.