The ongoing leadership crisis within the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) has taken a new turn as the newly appointed party leadership, led by Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major, has decided to conduct an investigation over mismanagement of over N1 billion raised from the sale of candidacy forms during the 2023 general elections.
This decision was announced in a statement released by the Acting National Publicity Secretary, Abdulsalam Abdulrasaq, following the party’s inaugural meeting at the Abuja National Secretariat on Sunday.
In addition to this investigation, the new leadership of NNPP has called upon aggrieved candidates who feel they were disadvantaged after making payments for candidacy forms into the party’s account to submit written complaints. They have also expressed their intention to revamp and restructure the party at all levels across the nation in the coming days and weeks.
Furthermore, the party has raised concerns about the placement of the Situation Room at the presidential candidate’s personal residence, suspecting that it may have facilitated corruption and manipulation, ultimately leading to the imposition of candidates. To address this issue, the party has decided to establish a committee to conduct an inquiry.
In another significant move, NNPP has confirmed its withdrawal from the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) previously signed with the Kwankwasiya Movement and The National Movement (TNM). They have cited differences in principles between these groups and the party’s commitment to openness and inclusivity as the reason for this decision.
The party has also questioned the fairness and equity of denying other presidential aspirants the opportunity to purchase forms and participate in the primary election, which they claim produced Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso illegally. This, they argue, goes against the party’s values of fairness and equity.
In conclusion, the NNPP’s new leadership has called for calm among its members and supporters in the face of what they describe as the “brazen assault of the Kwankwasiya movement,” clarifying that the party was not sold to them.
They are determined to restore the confidence of party members and candidates who invested their hard-earned money in purchasing candidacy forms by thoroughly examining the party’s financial accounts with the involvement of relevant security agencies and demanding explanations from key figures, including the party’s presidential candidate, the former chairman, the sacked acting chairman, and the National Secretary.”
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