By Ovat Abeng
The ongoing leadership crisis in New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP), has continued to get sour as leaders of the party from the South East geopolitical zone, comprises; Anambra, Enugu, Abia, Imo and Ebonyi States, has says it 2023 Presidential candidate, Allahaji Mohammed Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, is no longer a member of the party.
They also reaffirmed the dissolution of Kawu Ali’s led-National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
“They alleged that Allahaji Kwankwaso and some of his Kwankwassia supporter’s membership expired immediately after the conclusion of the February 25th, 2023 Presidential election.
They called on the general public not to have any political dealings with Kwankwaso, under the platform of NNPP again.
The South East leaders announced that Dr. Boniface Aniebonam, who founded the party twenty two years ago remain the National leader of the party under the Chairmanship of Dr. Agbo Major.
The resolution of the meeting held in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, on Saturday, was move by Hon Chief Ozeogu Stephen acting Ebonyi state chairman of NNPP and seconded by Hon Nnani Nnaemeka Emmanuel acting state publicity secretary imo state respectively.
In some of the discussions during the full house meeting, the leaders accused the current NWC and Kwankwaso of hijacking the party structure from the original owners and for not involving the founder, Dr. Aniebonam in the party’s scheme of things.
The convener and Deputy National Chairman of the Party, Chief Felix Chukwurah, who also spoke, explain, ” We are all aware that NNPP as the number four out of eighteen parties after the last general elections have encountered encumbrances capable of destabilizing her pursuits in many fronts towards claiming God’s mandate of producing number one citizen (the president) in Nigeria and other political offices in the three arms of government in the next political dispensation come 2027.
“APC, PDP, Labour Party and the rest of the political parties in Nigeria including ours are burdened with colours of quagmire internally and externally to the extent that some candidates who came out victorious in the last elections are already defecting to other parties for one reason or the other.
“Our party NNPP is not immuned to party quagmires, but the peculiarities in our circumstances is worth dealing with decisively to resist the obvious. We have a situation where the party constitution was grossly violated and abandoned for a new fresh one under the guise of amendment by some recent entrants in the party to enable them perfect a hijack of the party, founded and nurtured for twenty two years by Dr. Boniface Aniebonam supported by some other pioneer members.
“We have a situation where the NWC was swallowed and manipulated by few new entrants (Kwankwaso and co). they marshal the NWC members to meetings in their private houses for easy access and control of selfish and unpopular decisions.
“They frame anybody they set their eye on especially some state chairmen who are not likely to support their hijack agenda and suspend or expel them all together.
They conspired and replaced their imaginary enemies in many states with some Kwankwasia members as the caretaker chairmen.
“Furthermore, those evil geniuses who are professional transactional politicians who penetrate parties, use them for the purpose of jogging out money from unsuspecting individuals and corporations within or outside the country, after the above actions moved to suspend the founder and prominent founding pioneers in the NNPP but the chicken will come home to roast because they failed beforehand.
“Barrister Anazor and my humble self did all we could to broker peace but we were ignored. finally, we went to federal high court to stop the madness, by instituting an injunction restraining them from holding any convention, in which they intend to perfect expulsion of the amiable founder of our great party NNPP, nor amend the party constitution to aid their plot or parade themselves as functionaries of our party any longer.
According to him, the Constitution of our party reiterates that the Board of Trust BOT chairman has the power to call to order erring members and much more. Hence the reconstitution of the NWCS and BOTs, to weed out the inconsistent members to enable the true party loyalists to manage the party effectively.
In the coming weeks, many of our court cases would have yielded expected result of sending all the miscreants and hijackers out of our party with restorations of the party glory like never before.
“This conference is a platform of introduction of the newly appointed acting state chairmen to the zonal authority and assure our southeast members that the old NNPP structure is intact, as the strange entrants who joined us with one evil intention of wrestling the party out our hands have failed. we shall discuss unfolding occurrences in the party affairs, which includes reaffirmation of the dissolution of Kawu ali lead NWC and expulsion of Kwankwaso and Kwankwasia support group. finally, to announce the expiration of the MoU that brought NNPP /NAGAF and Kwankwaso/kwankwasia in union to contest for elective positions in the past elections.
It is in the wake of the foregoing that this meeting was also convened to update our members and urged them to join hands in moving our party forward than ever before.
Chukwurah, assured that NNPP is fully prepared and ready to take over Imo State Government House in the forecoming November 11th, 2023 Governorship election in the state.