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Anti-party: NNPP state Chairmen call for Kwankwaso’s resignation



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Forum of State Chairmen of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has asked its presidential candidate in the last general election, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso to tender his immediate resignation or risk indefinite suspension over his alleged involvement in anti-party activities.

KANO FOCUS reports that the party chairmen demanded an open explanation of what they described as “unhealthy relationship between Kwankwaso and the All Progressives Congress during and after the general elections.”

The Forum in a statement by its chairman and leader Comrade Sunday Oginni accused Kwankwaso of allegedly masterminding the crisis in NNPP across the country in a move to hijack the party from the original owner and founding members.

Oginni insisted that Kwankwaso was only using the platform of NNPP to allegedly negotiate himself back into Nigeria’s political scene.

He pointed out that Kwankwaso’s frequent meetings with President Bola Tinubu is an act of anti-party activities that the party chairmen frown against.

Oginni said NNPP chairmen discovered that Kwankwaso in collaboration with his group has allegedly amended the constitution of the party to help in their attempt to hijack the party’s structure.

“In the same vein, the recent unconstitutional and purported dissolution of seven states executives of Ekiti, Enugu, Niger, Kaduna Katsina, Rivers and Zamfara from State and Local to the ward levels at the same time is unacceptable.

“It’s on record that neither Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso nor any of his cohorts at the NWC committed a dime to the building of structures of the party they are not ashamed to demolish within a twinkle of an eye. The empty threat of NWC coming in later days for the jurgular of Imo and Oyo State shall not see the light of the day.

“Also, the arrogant display of Executive Lawlessness by the NWC in Ogun State Chapter of NNPP has led to protracted litigation that may linger to the Supreme Court.

“The illegality of the arbitrary sacking of democratically elected officers of the party by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso’s NWC acting like a garrison commander is an heinous crime against democracy and humanity. This is New Nigeria.. Thus illegality and brazen murder of democracy shall not stand in NNPP.

“The hidden truth is revealing Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso is the one behind all these unconstitutional actions of the NWC.

“It’s on record that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso instructed the uploading of names that never participated in party primaries during the last Governorship Election.”

Oginni, however, accused Kwankwaso of breaching the agreement on the Memorandum of Understanding he signed with the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Dr. Boniface Aniebonam.

“Consequently, all the actions of the illegal acting National Chairman and that of the Secretary are null and void.

“We therefore advise the illegal Acting National Chairman and the Secretary Oladipupo Olayoku having been accused of unimaginable corruption and excessive abuse of office to voluntarily resign or face embarrassment of indefinite Suspension.

“The Forum of State Chairmen of New Nigeria People’s Party is hereby using this forum to call on the Founder of this great Party Dr . Boniface Aniebonam to rise up to the occasion by making sure that he revokes the Memorandum of Understanding having been breached by Kwankwaso and brought back our party.

“We are using this opportunity to appeal to Nigerians to be patient and prayerful for the emergence of new Nigeria of our collective dreams.”

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Gov Yusuf rejects tribunal judgement, heads to appeal court



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The Kano State Governor, Abba Kabir Yusuf, has vowed to appeal the judgement of the governorship election tribunal which nullified his election and declared the APC candidate, Nasiru Yusuf Gawauna as the winner.

KANO FOCUS reports that Yusuf made the declaration on Wednesday night, while making a broadcast to the people of the state.

He said his legal team had been directed to appeal the judgement at the court of appeal in order to reclaim the mandate given to him by the people of the State.

He, therefore, Called on the good people of the state to remain calm and continue to be law abiding as security agents have been directed to ensure the safety of lives and property of the citizens.

“Let me assure you that the this government would continue to work for the development of the people of the state as the judgement will never dampen our spirit or discourage us from the good work we have started.” he said.

The Governor, who thanked the people of the state for their continued support and cooperation, urged them to go about with normal activities.

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Kano records 5,800 cases of Diphtheria – UNICEF



Nasiru Yusuf Ibrahim




The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), on Tuesday, said that Kano State has recorded 5,800 suspected cases of Diphtheria from January to date.

KANO FOCUS reports that the Head, UNICEF Field Office, Kano, Mr Rahama Mohammned-Farah, stated this in Kano during a one-day media orientation on Diphtheria outbreak.

The UN Agency said the cases were recorded in 39 local government areas of the state.

According to him, Kano State has the highest number of recorded cases in the country, adding that Diphtheria was a highly contagious and infectious disease that could cause death.

Mohammned-Farah stressed that proactive measures were necessary to stem the outbreak.

“Recently, we have seen a surge in the number of reported Diphtheria cases in Nigeria, and Nigeria is currently facing an outbreak that needs to be stopped and prevented.

“As of July, Diphtheria cases have been on the rise. As of last week, over 400 suspected cases with 11 deaths have been reported in Kano.

“Out of the 39 LGAs affected, eight are the most affected, including Ungogo with 2,651 cases; Dala 989, Fagge 943, Gwale 714, Kumbotso 713, Nasarawa 538, Kano Municipal 506 and Tarauni 269,” he said.

He said that 60.8 per cent of the suspected cases had been reported in children not vaccinated, which reinforced the critical need to address the issue of zero doses, especially in Kano State.

“UNICEF delivered 1.2 million vaccines to the Kano State Government in our continuing support to the government response to Diphtheria outbreak.

“Diphtheria outbreak is a threat to child survival, health and the wellbeing of children. UNICEF is collaborating with government and partners to respond to the emergency to save the lives of children affected.

“In Kano state, UNICEF supported Tetanus-Diphtheria reactive vaccination campaigns in February, April and August, vaccinating 23,200 children in round one.

“While 277,796 children vaccinated in round two and 29,500 others in round-3 of the exercise.

“We engaged 150 traditional leaders on Diphtheria outbreak and distribution of Diphtheria IEC materials, and deployed 1,500 VCMs to the worst affected LGAs to conduct house-to-house sensitisations and referral of suspected cases to health facilities.

“Media has a key role to play particularly in infection prevention, and risk communication and community engagement,” he said.

Also speaking, Dr Muhammad Nasir-Mahmoud, the Director-General, Kano State Primary Healthcare Management Board, said the state government had adopted drastic measures to curtail spread of the disease.

“We are committed towards educating the public about what is happening and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) has promised that Kano will be accorded priority in terms of vaccine distribution,” he said.

While describing the media as partners in the fight against Diphtheria, Nasir-Mahmoud urged them to support the campaign against the disease.

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IPAC appeals to Kano governorship tribunal to be impartial



Mukhtar Yahya Usman

The Interparty Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) has urged the judges of the Kano election petition tribunal court to discharge its duties with utmost integrity and impartiality.

KANO FOCUS reports that this was contained in a statement issued by the organization secretary Kano chapter Nuhu Idris on Tuesday.

IPAC also called upon the tribunal to consider each case diligently and ensure that all the parties involved are given equal opportunities to present their argument and evidence.

It could be recalled that the election tribunal has fixed Wednesday 20th September 2023 to deliver judgment on APC’s petition against Abba Kabir Yusuf.

A hearing notice issued by the Secretary of the election petition tribunal on Monday said the judgment would be delivered at 9.00 a.m., at the High Court of Miller Road in Kano.

Mr Idris said the organization has acknowledged the importance of the electoral process in a democratic society, where the voice and choice of the people are paramount.

He said the ongoing legal proceedings before the tribunal are a testament to the vibrancy of democracy and the resolve of citizens to seek redress through legal means.

“IPAC firmly believes that justice must not only be done but must also be seen to be done.

“We, Therefore, implore the tribunal to maintain transparency in its proceedings allowing the public and all concerned parties to have confidence in the outcome of the legal process, the statement said.

He added that it is essential that the tribunal’s decisions are guided by the rule of law and the facts presented, rather than any external influence.

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