Governor Yusuf of Kano
A Stalwart of New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) scolded the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) over the judgement of the Court of Appeal which ruled that Kano State governor, Abba Yusuf, is not a member of the NNPP.
The chieftain of the party noted that the issue of membership of a political party is internal and which the court has no jurisdiction.
South-West Secretary of NNPP, Dr Babatunde Oke noted that the APC and the court have no right to determine who is a member of the NNPP.
Oke made this known on Sunday in a statement in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital in reaction to the judgment of the Court of Appeal which on Friday, affirmed the tribunal judgment which declared the Kano state APC candidate, Nasiru Gawuna winner of the governorship election.
"It is a matter which only political parties can decide. To inquire into such would amount to a Court poking into the internal or domestic affairs of the party.
"In the case of Tinubu vs Obi, the same court ruled that the candidate's membership is a party affair.
"In the case of Abba vs Gawuna, the same court ruled that it has jurisdiction to interfere in the party's membership. Same country, same court, same judges but different judgement, this is surprising. APC should not destroy the judiciary".
Recall that the Appeal Court while delivering judgment on the matter on Friday, held that Yusuf was not qualified to contest the election, because he is not a member of the NNPP.
But Oke in the statement said, the Appeal Court judgment will be overturned by the Supreme Court, saying political parties have supremacy over their own affairs.