From Okwe Obi, Abuja

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of fueling the crisis in Kano State as a result of the emirship tussle between Lamido Sanusi and Ado Bayero.

The party claimed that the APC plans to nudge the Federal Government into declaring a state of emergency and take over the state government, as a result of the crisis.

NNPP National Publicity Secretary, Ladipo Johnson, in a statement yesterday, said the APC leadership was behind what he called “spurious court orders”, especially, Federal High Court, which is exclusively precluded from Chieftaincy matters, in order to let the confusion continue and spiral out of control.

Johnson claimed that the APC was attempting to practice “minority rule” in Kano with the support of federal institutions with the hope that the resultant crisis will lead to the declaration of a state of emergency in the state, hence the resort to “forum Shopping for spurious judgement.

“The curious involvement of the Federal Police, the military and other security apparatus of the Federal government beggars belief even in a civil case.

“Isn’t it an aberration that a judge of the Federal High Court would be directing the military to participate in evicting a person from a property in a civil or chieftaincy matter? This is shameful, no doubt. What is wrong with us in this country? What is wrong with some parts of our Judiciary?”, he asked.

According to him, the alert was to notify Nigerians of the plot by the APC to achieve a “dubious goal,” adding that the Supreme Court stopped them from achieving it through the courts, when after “losing woefully to NNPP in the last Governorship election in Kano, they (APC members in Kano), attempted to snatch the State through the back door.

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“And since then, APC has threatened to make the State ungovernable for Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf.”

Also, he labelled the leadership of the APC and the Federal Government as the “proverbial ostriches” with heads buried in the sand in their “unholy bid” to wrest Kano State from the NNPP through the back door.

He asked: “the NSA and military say they are not involved, so if they are not involved, who instructed the military guys on ground? Shouldn’t they be withdrawing their men rather than letting them be used as tools by unscrupulous politicians?”.

Furthermore, he stated that it was apt that the crisis occurred “as we mark the first year of this administration, as it shows that the administration has undemocratic tendencies that must be brought to the notice of Nigerians.

“For record purpose, we want to specially draw the attention of Nigerians to the unprofessional conduct of the Kano State Commissioner of Police who has displayed a blatant disregard and insubordination to the office of the Governor of Kano State, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf in the past one week.

“Never in the history of this great country have we witnessed this kind of insubordination to a sitting Governor as done by the Commissioner of Police, Kano State.

“For this reason, NNPP is, unequivocally demanding the redeployment of the Kano State Commissioner of Police on the ground that his neutrality and unbiased disposition are pretty in doubt.”

 


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