President Bola Tinubu has been warned against allowing his political associates or appointees to interfere in the electoral issue in Kano state by young people of northern descent working under the banner of the Northern Youths Assembly (Majalisar Matasan Arewa). They have expressed concern for the potential disastrous implications of doing so.
The election of Gov. Abba Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party NNPP was recently thrown out by the Kano state Governorship Election Tribunal in favour of Alhaji Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress APC. The governor has now stated that he will file an appeal, nevertheless.
Dr. Ali Idris, the group’s acting president, and Comrade Adikwu Omale, its national publicity secretary, said in an open letter to the president on Thursday that if the Nigerian democratic system should continue to be based on
Part of the statement reads; “We have received with dismay, information which alleged the involvement of some elements in your Government, to have interfered and manipulated the Kano State Governorship Elections Tribunal judgment, an information which if it turns out to be true, could certainly be described as unfortunate, unprecedented, condemnable and uncalled for.
“Kano State, as temperamental as it is, such desperate actions could trigger political crisis in the State, and could possibly lead to anarchy.
“Kano is considered as the commercial nerve center not only for the North, but to the entire sub Saharan African countries, who have one relationship or the other with Kano State. Kano State could be described as a role model, and as the most politically strategic territory with vast knowledge and political civilization. In view of this, Kano is fragile and when broken into pieces, the national security would surely be threatened.
“Sir, let us draw you to the memory lane, starting from 1999 to 2007, when you served as the Executive Governor of Lagos State, under AD. Your party was entirely different from the party at the centre, and despite some misunderstandings, His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo led Federal Government did not make any attempt to snatch the mandate which the good people of Lagos State gave you, to manage the affairs of the State, from 1999 to 2007.
“Therefore allowing, some alleged members of your Government, to mastermind the conspiracy of snatching the mandate of the Kano people, is as good as inviting hatred against your own personality, doubting your commitment to upholding democratic principles, institutionalizing electoral injustice, dashing the hope of the Nigerian electorates to lose complete confidence in the system, and subscribing to the school of thought which emphasizes on the unsuitability of the democratic system for African countries.
“In addition, if this electoral injustice is allowed to thrive, it would further reaffirm the failure of your Government to uphold the rule of law, and treat all citizens equally and fairly regardless of ethnicity, region, religion, party affiliation and others, and the perceived situation wouldn’t only amount to creating unrest, but would surely be a set back on the Nigerian democratisation and Africa as a whole.
“The alleged plot by some alleged government insiders to topple Kano State would have far-reaching consequences for the rest of the federation, as the repercussions would undoubtedly have multiplier negative effects on other states as well,” the statement continued. Because of the developing tensions brought on by the Kano State Governorship Elections Tribunal Judgement, using politics to spark a crisis in Kano through the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal would undoubtedly transform into producing a crisis that would be impossible to handle. Therefore, as the risk is not worth taking, there is no better moment for you to take action than right away to preserve the situation by exerting pressure on your party’s members who have been accused of participating in this political irresponsibility.