The national headquarters of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) has dissociated itself from a group that called itself the Kano State chapter of the coalition and used its platform to endorse Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.
CUPP, in a statement signed by its national spokesman, Ikenga Ugochinyere, said it is a national coalition focused on taking Presidential Power via constitutional means and protection of national interest and not for state jamboree.
The coalition’s spokesman added that the mandate Ganduje enjoys now will be retrieved, stressing that he should not drag CUPP into his quest for legitimacy.
CUPP in Kano State, led by Isah Nuhu Isah, was said to have paid a solidarity visit to Ganduje during which it said 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.
Reacting however CUPP in Abuja said, “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, Alhaji 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 and a show of the political inexperience of Ganduje which led to his disgraceful outing at the ballot in the first place.
“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,” the statement said.