The National Working Committee of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, NNPP has affirmed the expulsion of two state chairmen of the party over alleged anti-party activities.
They include Mr. Olaposi Oginni of Ogun State and Efe Tobor of Delta State.
This followed a recommendation by the disciplinary committee of the party led by Mr. Ladipo Johnson, the national auditor.
Addressing political editors in Abuja, the national chairman of the party, Alhaji Abah Kawu said the NWC has also affirmed the dissolution of the working committee of its executives in seven states including Ekiti, Rivers, Niger, Katsina, Kaduna, and Zamfara.
Alhaji Kawu who said the Enugu state chairman has also been suspended, expressed disappointment that the affected officials ignored the window for appeals as enshrined in the NNPP constitution.
The NNPP National chairman who affirmed the party’s unalloyed support for its national leader, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, emphasized that they would not allow anyone to turn the platform into a money-making venture.
He said, “The party performed very well in the 2023 general election given the fact that from its formation to the election proper was less than one year.
Apart from winning seats in both the National and State Assemblies, the party also won the Governorship election in Kano state”. He added that the party is the third in the National Assembly after the APC and the PDP.
He explained that the NWC meeting was called to take stock of its achievements and where it is supposed to be shortly.
“Nine states were said to have been involved in anti-party activities, but eight were found guilty by the Disciplinary Committee. Ogun, Katsina, Delta, Zamfara, Rivers, Enugu, and some others.
The state’s executives especially the Chairmen have been suspended and interim leadership to run the affairs of the party before the Caretaker Committees would be set up.
“However, in the case of Ogun and Delta states, the Chairmen have been expelled and very soon we will begin to expose what they have been doing to undermine the party.”
He added that in the context of repositioning the party for service delivery to the country, some of the states affected did not even have enough members to form a leadership.
On his part, the National Auditor and Chairman of the Disciplinary Committee of the party, Mr. Ladipo Johnson said the party was doing well and in a very strong position.
“There is no issue with the party”.
He added that some of the people alleged to have been writing negative things about the party were “free because they are not even members of the party”.
On the claims by some members that they would soon take the party back, he said, “There is nothing like taking the party back because nobody has taken the party away from anyone in the first place”.
“NWC will be ready to take hard and strong decisions to protect the party and that means that anyone that steps out of order would be whipped in or shown the exit door.
“Going forward the party will be dwelling on social issues that will benefit the people of Nigeria. The party is united and is a family.”
Victorson Agbenson, Edited By Grace Namiji
Written by: Elizabeth David
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