In a swift rebuttal, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) quashed speculations surrounding an alleged agreement with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) regarding the NNPP’s appeal at the Supreme Court. Ladipo Johnson, the party’s National Auditor, addressed these claims in a phone interview on Saturday, asserting that such assertions were baseless.
While acknowledging the inevitability of street talks and circulating rumors, Johnson emphasized that the party had not engaged in any formal agreement with the APC. The Kano State chapter of the APC echoed this denial, with Chairman Abdullahi Abbas dismissing the alleged deal as mere fiction.
The backdrop of this controversy is Governor Abba Yusuf’s appeal at the Supreme Court following the Court of Appeal’s affirmation of the State Election Petitions Tribunal’s decision to nullify his victory in the March 18 governorship election in Kano State. Despite the swirl of rumors, Johnson reiterated the party’s commitment to legal processes, stating, “We are trying to win in court, and Abba Kabir Yusuf will continue to deliver good services to the people of Kano.”
This firm denial by the NNPP underscores its dedication to navigating the legal channels to address electoral matters, emphasizing the importance of due process and transparency in the political landscape.