Politics: Why NNPP sacked Katsina deputy Governorship Candidate and Exco.

Politics: Why NNPP sacked Katsina  deputy Governorship  Candidate and Exco.

Sad: Rabe Darma, running mate of Nura Khalil, governorship candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) in Katsina state has been sacked by the national leadership of the party. Other executives in the state, including Sani Liti, state chairperson; Umar Jibril, secretary; Mustapha Basheer, youth leader; Dauda Kurfi, zonal chairperson; Abdulhadi Mai-Dawa, Funtua zonal chairperson; Sale Mashi, Daura zonal chairperson and Audu Yandoma were also expelled.

Nasiru Usman-Kankia, NNPP director of media and publicity said the party members were expelled for alleged anti-party activities, days after it was reported that Darma endorsed Dikko Radda, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

It was also alleged that the expelled party members convened an “illegal meeting” to form an alliance with the ruling party. Kankia said; “As you are already aware, a section of the state executive leadership of the party convened an unauthorised meeting on Thursday, March 9, the decision of which almost rocked the party.

“An emergency exco meeting comprising 19 out of 29 members was conveyed to discuss the immediate and remote causes of the illegal meeting.

“Facts have emerged that the illegal meeting was unconstitutionally convened without the consent of the state executive committee. “It was also discovered that even when invitations were sent for the illegal meeting to state and local government exco members and ward chairmen, they were informed that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss and disburse funds for the settlement of polling unit agents and ward coordinators.

“However, at the illegal meeting, the APC gubernatorial candidate was ushered in and the NNPP state chairman, Liti, the party’s gubernatorial running mate, Rabe Darma, and other top executives introduced other members present as decampees to the APC.

“Almost immediately, the entire arena turned chaotic with shouts of NNPP slogans and chants of no, no, no, by the party’s loyalists.

“Accordingly, party officers, members and candidates at all levels are not authorised to discuss, negotiate or form any alliance with any political party to win the upcoming gubernatorial and legislative polls. “Anyone who endorses a candidate of another political party will be sanctioned in line with the NNPP Constitution, ranging from suspension to expulsion.

“Our emergency meeting considered and decided to expel the officials and members involved in the illegal meeting, subject to the approval of the national executive committee of the party.” Visit our blog @www.

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Sun, Mar 2023     12

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