Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano state has declared that he would rather lose his governorship seat than to stop following the guidance of his godfather and benefactor Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
The governor stated this on Sunday during a stakeholders meeting of the Kwankwasiyya group held at Mr Kwankwaso’s residence in Kano state.
Mr Yusuf was reacting to last week’s Appeal Court verdict, which affirmed the ruling of the Kano Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, removing him as the governor of the state.
“As we have said earlier, we will continue to follow his (Kwankwaso’s) guidance and direction concerning the progress of the state.
“But we must express our gratitude to him (Kwankwaso) and tell him that we are proud of him as our leader,” he said.
“Even if that means the world would deny us of something. We’ll never abandon him and God will continue to guide us,” Mr Yusuf added.
The governor also urged his supporters not to exchange words with anybody and vowed to continue executing developmental projects that would impact the lives of Kano people positively.
The meeting was attended by the state’s Mr Yusuf’s deputy, Abdussalam Gwarzo, the state’s House of Assembly Speaker, Ismail Falgore, A lawmaker representing Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency, Abdulmumin Kofa and top government officials in the governor’s cabinet among others.
Meanwhile, Mr Yusuf’s party the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has raised an alarm over the non-release of the Certified True Copy (CTC) of Friday’s Appeal Court ruling, alleging that it was a ploy to deny the governor the chance to appeal the ruling at the Supreme Court.
The alarm was raised by Abba Kawu Ali, the party’s acting national chairman, said in a statement on Monday that the failure to release the CTC is affecting the 14-day deadline the party has to appeal the court’s ruling.
“Unfortunately, this type of scenario is creating the belief (rightly or wrongly) that there are deliberate efforts in place to frustrate the party and the Governor of Kano State, His Excellency, Engr. Abba Kabir Yusuf, as well as the legal team in their quest to get justice in the Kano State governorship petition as they head for the Supreme Court,” he said.