The Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has condemned the ongoing protests in the state capital by the supporters of the ruling New Nigeria People’s Party over the reported contradiction in the Court of Appeal judgment sacking Governor Abba Yusuf.
The opposition APC said the protest by the NNPP supporters was a violation of the Peace Accord signed by parties in the state ahead of the March 18 governorship election.
The Newsmen reports that protests have been rocking Kano since last week after contradictions were discovered in the judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked Yusuf of the NNPP and declared Nasiru Gawuna of the APC as the winner of the Kano governorship poll.
Addressing a press conference on Thursday in Kano, an APC chieftain and former Commissioner for Rural Development, Alhaji Musa Kwankwaso, alleged that the Yusuf government was funding the protests to whip up sentiment.
Kwankwaso maintained that the court’s judgment was fair.
“These judgments were passed in accordance with the constitutional provisions and the Electoral Act, as amended. Not happy with the judgment, the NNPP and the Kwankwasiyya Movement have engaged in massive propaganda, thereby insulting the judiciary and trying to instigate political violence in Kano.
“This is a violation of the Peace Accord that was signed at the Police Command recently, part of which has banned such public assemblies,” Kwankwaso said.
He said contrary to what was being portrayed by the NNPP government, the state was experiencing peace and tranquility with everybody going about their businesses.
“These protests are stage-managed and deliberately intended to create tension in the state and make it look like all is not well.
“The people of Kano are with APC and with Gawuna and Ganduje. We won our election and the court detected the invalid votes they mischievously placed during the polls and cancelled them, and ours were returned to us,” he said.
He commended the people of the state for their support and patience, urging them to continue to remain calm and law-abiding “as we await the judgment of the Supreme Court which we believe will Insha Allah be in our favour.”