The New Nigeria People’s Party has accused the Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, and the state Director of DSS in Kano, Mr. Mohammed Alhassan, of colluding to rig the upcoming governorship elections in the state.
At a press conference held in Kano, Dr. Baffa Abdullahi Bichi, who spoke on behalf of the party’s senior stakeholders, alleged that Mr. Alhassan was being illegally retained by the DSS to carry out the hatchet job on behalf of his friend, Governor Ganduje.
Bichi explained that they had written to the President, the DG of DSS, and all heads of security agencies and Service Chiefs, to draw their attention to the anomaly.
He argued that no officer is indispensable and that the Director had outlived his service year by over a year, making his continued stay in service both illegal and immoral.
Furthermore, he claimed that Mr. Alhassan was being kept with the ulterior motive of subverting the will of the people of Kano State and rigging the elections to undermine democracy.
According to Bichi, Mr. Alhassan was a long-time ally and the closest family-friend of the Ganduje family, who had been posted to Kano as the DSS Director of Kano State in 2017, at the request of the governor.
He alleged that Mr. Alhassan’s relationship with Ganduje started way back in the early 90s when Ganduge was Sole Administrator of Gwagwalada Area Council in the FCT, and Mr. Alasan was then in charge of SSS at the same Local Government.
Bichi also claimed that a tactical team of DSS operatives had already arrived in Kano to carry out their dirty job and were being kept in hotels and safe houses within the state.
He declared that the 2023 gubernatorial election was a contest between the NNPP and the DSS, which had made it a national project, deploying everything at its disposal to steal people’s mandate.
Bichi appealed to the President to intervene and cause the DG of DSS to allow Mr. Alasan to proceed on his retirement, as he ought to have retired 15 months ago.
He argued that the DSS in Kano, under the leadership of Mohammed Alhassan, had compromised their oath of service and had drawn the attention of other sister agencies to their plot.
Bichi concluded by stating that the NNPP in Kano State and indeed the NNPP in Nigeria would not allow the people’s mandate to be stolen again. They would do everything legitimate to protect their votes, mandates, and secure their people and state.
He then called on all members of the party to converge at Kano club round about on Thursday 16th March for a peaceful protest to demand the retirement of the DSS director