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NNPP: Our party has grounds to sue INEC over candidate nominations.



The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) claims it has grounds to sue the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over “disagreements” over candidate nominations.

The party, which has former Kano governor Rabiu Kwankwaso as its presidential candidate, sued the electoral commission in October for refusing to accept the replacement of Ibrahim Shekarau, a sitting senator.
Shekarau defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after falling out with Kwankwaso.
While in the NNPP, Shekarau won the Kano Central senatorial ticket, and INEC named him the party’s candidate for the 2023 elections.


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Addressing a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, Rufa’i Alkali, national chairman of the NNPP, said INEC should “comply with the orders expeditiously delivered by the courts to further build up confidence of the political parties and general public in the commission’s unflinching and unwavering commitment to conducting free, fair, and credible election”.


“Our great party, the NNPP, wishes to use this medium to express our appreciation and gratitude to the Nigerian judiciary for being the last bastion of hope for the people and a pillar of democracy and democratic processes, particularly in the run-up to the 2023 general election,” Alkali said.
“We have invited members of the fourth estate of the realm to brief you on activities involving our party, NNPP, especially our court matters with INEC.

“Our party has grounds to sue INEC over disagreements over the uploading and submission of some of our candidates’ names.”
We recognize the gravity of the tasks before INEC. We, however, believe the commission should continue to implement court rulings, the better for our country.
“We want to use this opportunity to assure Professor Mahmood Yakubu of our confidence in him and his commission to deliver a sound election that will stand the test of time. As a result, we pledge our unwavering support for him and INEC.”


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