The national leader of the Kwankwasiyya Movement and former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso has sought the support of People’s Democratic Party, PDP national leadership for the review of Kano governorship election petition at the Supreme Court.
In a statement signed on Wednesday by Ibrahim Adam, the media aide Kano State PDP Governorship Candidate Abba Kabir-Yusuf, said Mr Kwankwaso made the plea during a solidarity visit to the PDP national executive council in Abuja.
While appealing to the PDP national working committee to facilitate the process of the review, Mr Kwankwaso lamented that Kano people were robbed of their mandate through voter disenfranchisement and manipulation of judicial processes.
Responding, the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, who was represented by his deputy, Suleiman Nazif, said PDP has taken Kano as the major support base in northern Nigeria, stressing that the party would do everything within the confines of the law to protect the party’s interests in the state.
The party’s national chairman applauded Mr Kwankwaso for his tenacity in leading the party to victory in the 2019 governorship election.
“Your Excellency, let me also use this opportunity to thank you for your efforts in promoting education not only in Kano but northern Nigeria, we have seen for the first time how a private citizen who is not holding any political office supports the children of the poor to pursue the education.
“Sir, I will on behalf of the party thank you for sponsoring 370 students to study masters’ degrees in various universities abroad.”
Mr Secondus decried the “injustice” meted on Kano people during the rerun election and using the state’s apparatus.
“I similarly appreciate our amiable governorship in Kano state Engr. Abba K Yusuf for becoming the most popular candidate in Northern Nigeria. Abba Gida-Gida has become a prominent brand beyond Kano State which makes us proud.
While assuring the visiting team that the request for filing a review at the Supreme Court would be tabled before the national working committee for approval, the national chairman said: “I foresee a very positive outcome on this request because it was clear that PDP had won election in Kano.”
Also speaking, Mr Kabir-Yusuf appreciated the national executive council members for their efforts in keeping the party as one united entity.
“I want to confirm to you that PDP has also remained united in Kano State. We thank you for sparing your time to receive us,” he added.