The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) national secretary, Dipo Olayoku, has described the Supreme Court judgement affirming the election of Gov. Abba Yusuf of Kano State as the restoration of hope for the people of the state.
Mr Olayoku, in an interview with journalists on Friday in Abuja, said the judgement was also a confirmation of the victory God gave NNPP on March 18, 2023.
“The party is just appealing to politicians to try to win election through the ballot boxes and not through the back door.
“I think the Supreme Court has deflated that, and we want the other arms of the judiciary to also stand up to the truth,” he said.
Mr Olayoku, who is also the deputy national chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), said that the judgement did not come to the party as a surprise because everybody knew that NNPP won the March 18, 2023, governorship election in the state.
He said there was no way the All Progressives Congress (APC) could have claimed to have won the election in the state where the NNPP won the presidential election, won two out of three Senatorial seats, and 18 out of 24 House of Assembly seats.
“In the governorship elections, we defeated APC with about 200,000 votes, in the House of Assembly of 40 seats, we have 26. So what will be the yardstick for them to win governorship?
“We thank God that the Supreme Court has restored the hope of the people,” he said.
He said that though the governor was never distracted by the petition in delivering the dividends of democracy to the people of the state, with the outcome from the court, he was now poised to do more.
“Now that the court cases have been put behind us, I know the governor is going to be more focused on delivering the dividends of democracy,” he said.
He assured the people of Kano that Mr Yusuf would continue to implement his master plan and blueprint for the state while building on the template and achievements set by the NNPP leader, Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, who was once the governor of the state.
“He cannot go below the standard set by Kwankwaso when he was governor.
“If you look at what he has been doing since when he got there, you will discover that he had been hitting the ground running.
“We can guarantee the people of Kano state that there is no cause for alarm. He already has his master plan, and he is following it without any disruption,” he said.