In the wake of the recent Nigerian Supreme Court ruling upholding the election of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the NNPP’s presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, has spoken out about the verdict and quashed rumors of any secret dealings with political counterparts, including President Bola Tinubu.
On Friday, the Nigerian Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeal’s decision to remove Governor Yusuf and recognized him as the legitimate leader of Kano State. This decision has stirred various speculations and discussions in the political landscape.
Senator Kwankwaso categorically denied any discussions with President Bola Tinubu or anyone else regarding the Supreme Court ruling on Governor Yusuf’s election. In a BBC Hausa interview, Kwankwaso stated, “What happened at the Supreme Court is a lesson for all of us. I haven’t done anything to anyone throughout that time. And everybody would reap what he sows. I haven’t come to an agreement with anyone, as far as I know.”
Senator Kwankwaso shed light on his historical connection with President Tinubu, emphasizing their shared political journey. “President Tinubu is my contemporary. He and I both entered SDP politics at the same time. We created the APC together and actively participated in the ensuing struggles.” Addressing the current political dynamics, Kwankwaso clarified, “We have our party, they have theirs. When needed, we’ll collaborate. We shall see in due course regarding the matter of joining the government.” This statement emphasizes the separation of party interests while leaving room for potential cooperation in the future.
Senator Kwankwaso outlined his approach to governance, stating, “Kabir Yusuf is the governor. All we can do is offer advice. I couldn’t have authority over him even if he were my biological son.” This underscores Kwankwaso’s commitment to supporting the current leadership and the importance of allowing successors to establish their value independently.
In light of the Supreme Court’s decision, Senator Kwankwaso criticized the lower courts’ rulings and claimed that judges who made errors in their decisions would resign in other countries. Despite acknowledging flaws in the prior ruling, he commended the Supreme Court for rectifying the situation.
Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso’s public address serves to clarify his position on the recent Supreme Court ruling, dispelling rumors of behind-the-scenes dealings and highlighting his commitment to democratic principles. As Nigeria navigates its political landscape, the aftermath of this ruling and Kwankwaso’s statements will likely continue to shape political discourse in the country.