June 25, 2024

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Sacked NNPP chairmen kick

Chairmen of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) have rejected the recent dissolution of the party’s executives in seven states by the National Working Committee (NWC). The aggrieved chairmen have described the dissolution as “gross abuse of power” and “unacceptable.”

Recall that the NNPP’s NWC had on July 28 announced dissolution of the party executive councils in seven states, Enugu, Ekiti, Rivers, Niger, Katsina, Kaduna and Zamfara, over allegedanti-party activities.

Party National Publicity Secretary Dr. Major Agwo, who had announced the dissolutions in Abuja, said that a five-man Caretaker Committee had been constituted to run the affairs of the party in each of the affected states.

But the chairmen, in a statement in Lagos on Thursday, described the dissolutions as ”an injustice” and “sheer irregularity” that contravened the party’s constitution and the Electoral Act 2022.

Aggrieved are Olaposi Oginni (Ogun); Mamman Damisa (Niger); Harry Richard (Rivers); Umar Ahmed (Katsina); Muhammad Sani (Zamfara); Adisa Falade (Lagos) and Sedan Adegbola (Oyo). Others are Nuhu Sanya (Kaduna), Dada Olayinka (Ekiti) and Ibrahim Yahyah (ex-officio, North-West, Sokoto). The statement was signed by all complaining party stalwarts.

According to them, the NWC wass being used to witch-hunt loyal party members who have no established record of anti-party activities. “We wonder why a disciplinary committee would sit without showing those alleged of anti-party activities a copy of the petition written against them?

“Again, Article 39 Subsection 6 of NNPP constitution states this; Where it is proposed to expel a member of the Executive Committee from membership of the party, such a proposal shall be submitted to the National Executive Committee. Where then did NWC derived its power to unilaterally expel the Chairman of Ogun State, Comrade Oginni Olaposi Sunday?

“Isn’t this a gross violation of Article 39(6) of NNPP Constitution? Any Act that violates the party’s constitution is but null and void.”

The statement said that the dissolution was an indication that the NWC was being used to achieve a sinister motive of hijacking the party in continuance of political trading by some powers in the party. “This impunity cannot continue. We wish to say that no rent seeker can chase away a landlord in his own house.”