Katsina NNPP requests that INEC disqualify Tinubu and Atiku (Read Details)
The Katsina State branch of the New Nigeria Peoples Party on Monday urged that Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party be excluded from running for president.
At a press conference in Katsina on Monday, Sani Litti, the state chairman of the NNPP, asserted that financial crimes tainted the two parties’ presidential primaries.
He also demanded that Tinubu and Atiku be detained by the Department of State Services and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
Litti claimed that from 2015 until the present, more than 50,000 Nigerians had perished as a result of banditry.
As a result of what he dubbed the nation’s lack of security, he demanded that President Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) resign.
The National Assembly’s members were also tasked by the chairman to start the impeachment process against the President if he refused to step down.
He also demanded that a state of emergency be declared due to security concerns in the states of Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger, and Sokoto.
In addition to hiring mercenaries for six months to combat banditry, rebels, and tribal militias, Litti encouraged the Federal Government to recruit one million young Nigerians and train them as special forces in order to safeguard the nation once the mercenaries leave.
“We reiterate the request for President Muhammadu Buhari to step down from office immediately for his failure to secure Nigeria,” he said. The prevalence of insecurity issues is primarily a result of poor governance, which includes a rise in poverty, unfavorable economic policies, a decline in peoples’ standards of living, a rise in ethnic militias, an uptick in corruption, crime and criminal activity, a rise in drug use, among other factors.
“In the event that the President refuses to step down, we implore the National Assembly to use constitutional means to protect Nigerians’ lives and property.
“The Nigerian government must immediately announce a state of security emergency in the following states: Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Niger, and Sokoto.
In this regard, we are urging the Federal Government to recruit mercenaries as soon as possible for a period of six months to combat the escalating banditry, insurgency, and tribal militias. Similar to this, the government must immediately hire one million young Nigerians to train as Special Forces so they can defend and secure the nation when the mercenaries depart in six months.
In addition, the NNPP demanded that Atiku and Tinubu be detained and charged with crimes related to what it claimed occurred at the conventions where they were chosen as the standard-bearers for their respective parties in the general elections of 2023.
“We call on INEC to disqualify Atiku Abubakar and Bola Ahmed Tinubu from running in the 2023 presidential election. Additionally, we call on the EFCC, the Police, and the DSS to arrest them and all other participants in the convention,” the NNPP stated. We are convinced that if either of these two candidates wins the election the next year, the country would descend further into financial crime and increased corruption.
Dr. Muttaqa Darma, one of the party’s chieftains present at the press conference, defended the news conference’s date by claiming that it was suitable given that the country was gearing up for general elections.
When approached, Bayo Onanuga, the Tinubu Campaign Organization’s Director of Media and Communication, responded, “I have not seen any petition to that effect from the NNPP. Additionally, I believe that the APC publicity secretary is better qualified to address this matter.
Felix Morka, the APC’s national publicity secretary, added, “I have not read the NNPP’s petition for our party candidate’s disqualification. You can send me the press release or statement. I can’t respond to something I haven’t seen.
“I will issue a comment in response to the statement if I read it and determine it is significant enough to address. Not only may I respond to you, but if I believe it to be so severe, I can also hold a press conference tomorrow and address it.
When reached, Debo Ologunagba, the PDP spokesman, claimed he was unaware of the NNPP’s claim and said he needed to see Litti’s statement before he could comment.