July 10, 2024

2027: Elected NNPP members to go for 2nd term if… — Nat’l Sec, Olaposi


By Nnamdi Ojiego

The Secretary General of the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, Comrade Ogini Olaposi, has said that all elected office holders of the party shall be ratified to qualify for reelection in 2027.

In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, Olaposi said all those elected on the platform of the NNPP in 2023 shall be encouraged to pledge loyalty to the leadership of the party and the board.

He said that the original certificate of registration is with the founder, Dr Boniface Aniebonam and not Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso and Elder Buba Galadima and or any other person.

“Kwankwaso and Galadima are merely being deceitful , intimidating, extorting and avoidably autocratic to the tenets of internal democracy . This will no longer be allowed.

He described moves by Kwankwaso and Galadima to hijack the NNPP as mind boggling. It is our hope and belief that nobody should make the mistake of believing that Kwankwaso can hijack NNPP.

“It is apparent that most professional politicians in Nigeria may not be adding value to Nigeria greatness and political development.

“It is unbelievable that a registered political party since 2001 was given to Kwankwaso to manage as its presidential candidate at no cost and today, look at the mess and yet he wants to become the president of Nigeria. And if you ask him he will tell you that they are politicians and they know how to play politics.

“At 70 years, our founder is not getting younger to continue to defend members and in-particular, the elected members and upcoming politicians under the canopy and membership of the NNPP.

After 23yrs of hard work our great founder needed to rest and guide from the rear playing fatherly role

“It is to us that if nothing is done at the moment ahead of 2027, all the elected members at the state, federal and senate chamber may be enslaved and extorted heavily by the hijackers.

“The fact is that most of the elected members may not be given opportunity to contest elections in 2027 if this party is left in the hands of Kwankwaso and Galadima.

“It is on record that Kwankwaso single handedly hand-picked contestants in the last 2023 general elections especially in Kano State.

“Never again shall this impunity be allowed to continue in NNPP.”

He urged the INEC chairman to ensure that the second original certificate of NNPP is secured under his watch and custody to avoid replacement with copy original. This is because nothing is impossible in Nigeria.

“Aniebonam is also the Chairman, board of trustees and the only life member of the board of trustees. Whereas Kwankwaso and others remain expelled in line with the provisions of the NNPP 2022 constitution.

He pointed out that the existing leadership crisis in NNPP is its internal affairs and it is our hope that INEC and courts shall respect the will of the greater number of members of the party.