The Coalition of United Political Parties on Thursday dissociated itself from a group that, on Wednesday, endorsed the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
The group had, during a solidarity visit to the governor, claimed that the CUPP had decided to drop plans to contest Ganduje’s victory in the state governorship election at the tribunal.
But the CUPP, in a statement by its national spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, said the group’s position did not reflect the position of CUPP.
Ugochinyere said that, as far as the CUPP was concerned, Ganduje’s mandate would be retrieved from him.
He said the coalition would never associate with the “illegality” which, he alleged, “foisted the governor on the people of the state.”
He said, “The national headquarters of the Coalition of United Political Parties has dissociated itself from a group that calls itself the Kano State chapter of the coalition and used its platform to endorse Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
“The group, led by one Isah Nuhu Isah, was said to have paid a solidarity visit to Ganduje during which it claimed that 42 parties that made up the coalition in the state have dropped their plan to challenge Ganduje’s victory at the just-concluded supplementary election before the tribunal.
“We make bold to say that the CUPP is a national coalition formed to work for the emergence of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar; and the protection of national interest.
“The coalition is not meant for any state jamboree as being witnessed in Kano.
“For the avoidance of any doubt, the position of the CUPP remains that Ganduje is parading a stolen mandate that will be retrieved from him.
“The recruitment of APC agents from Ganduje village to come under the name of CUPP to support the stolen mandate he is parading is laughable.
“The coalition, therefore, has not, and will never endorse him because we will not be part of the illegality that foisted him on the people of Kano State, who roundly rejected him as seen during the election.”