Gbenga Sodeinde in Ado Ekiti
The new leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) under Dr. Agbo Gilbert Major has conducted a thorough probe into the alleged mismanagement of over billion naira said to have been raised from the sale of forms to aspirants between March 2022 and today.
A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Abdulsalam Abdulrasaq, and made available to THISDAY, stated that the resolution was reached at the end of its maiden meeting at the Abuja National Secretariat.
It said: “The meeting resolved to invite relevant security agencies to properly examine the accounts of the party with a view to demanding explanations from the party’s presidential candidate, the party’s chairman who left in March 2023, the sacked acting chairman, and the national secretary. This is to restore the confidence of party members/candidates who came forward with their hard-earned money to purchase forms for election.
“The party queried the rationale for the location of the Situation Room to the presidential candidate’s personal residence.”
It noted that the “illegal location created room for the massive corruption and manipulation leading to the imposition of candidates by Buba Galadima and his co-travellers,” and resolved to set up a committee to launch a probe into it.
It, therefore, called for written complaints from aggrieved candidates who were shortchanged after making payments for forms into the party’s account.
The party resolved to query the rationale behind the denial of other presidential aspirants the right to purchase forms and participate in the primary election that “illegally produced Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso,” insisting that it was against the spirit of fairness and equity “which our great party preaches.
“The party confirmed its withdrawal from the Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) signed by it with the Kwankwasiya Movement and TNM, insisting that the principles of these two groups are targeted at massaging the ego of its sole owner and so not in line with the party’s policies of openness and inclusivity.
“The party called on its numerous members and supporters to remain calm in the face of this brazen assault of the Kwankwasiya Movement whose members were erroneously made to believe the party is sold to them and called on all aggrieved and displaced members who left for whatever reason to return home. The party resolved to overhaul its structures across all levels nationwide in the coming days and weeks.”