The Guardians of Democracy and Rule of Law (GDRL), Wednesday, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP).
The group, in a statement signed by Augustine Aaron Ugboha, Esq, said this has become necessary over the anti-democratic tendencies, aviolence, intimidation, arson, and alleged killings linked to members of the party known as Kwankwasiyya political movement.
Ugboha alleged that the group, comprising some top government officials, had allegedly unleashed mayhem on innocent citizens following the tribunal judgment that sacked Governor Abbah Yusuf.
Recalled that Baffa Abdullahi Bichi, the Secretary to the Kano State Government even went as far as declaring that “there will be no peace in Nigeria if tribunal judgmentnt is against us.”
Speaking further, Ugboha said: “Recently, we noticed that our democracy has come under serious threat by the activities of a political group in Kano state, known as the Kwankwasiyya political movement. This group has been alleged to employ every anti-democratic tendency; violence, intimidation, arson, killing, etc., in pursuit of their political interests.
“Indeed, the Kwankwasiyya movement has since become notorious for its disruptive and reckless nature, but our attention was only drawn to their anti-democratic activities before and during the recejudgmentent of the Kano state governorship election petition tribunal that sacked Governor Abbah K. Yusuf of NNPP and declared Nasir Gawuna Yusuf of APC the validly elected governor of the state.
“It is therefore an unpardonable blunder for members of the state cabinet council to attempt to use unconstitutional means to intimidate the judiciary out of its legal duties by threatening judges sitting over the case of their principal.
“As if that was not enough, when the Hon Judges of the Kano State Election Petition Tribunal commented on the terror nature of the Kwankwasiya Group, through a member of the Kano State tribunal, Justice Benson Anya, who noted in his judgment that it was wrong of any individual or group to ‘threaten the entire polity of Kano State with violence’ because of a court decision.”