A leadership crisis has engulfed the Bauchi state chapter of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) which has led to the suspension of its acting Chairman, Alhaji Sani Shehu popularly known as ‘Sanin Malam’.
The party said that the suspension followed what is described as “gross indiscipline and disrespect to the leadership of the party”, as contained in a letter dated July 13th, 2022, and addressed to him, copies of which were made available to Journalists in Bauchi.
The disclosure was made by the North-East Zonal Secretary of the NNPP, Babayo Liman, who signed the letter and read it to Journalists during a press conference held at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Bauchi.
He warned Sani Shehu to stop parading himself as the acting Chairman of the NNPP in Bauchi state pending investigations of the allegations against him.
The letter reads: “Your actions for not collecting the query issued to you on July 6th, 2022, have been categorized as gross indiscipline and disrespect to the leadership of the party”.
The letter further contained, “You are, by this letter, suspended from parading yourself as the acting Chairman of the party in Bauchi State pending the outcome of the National Executive Council decision in respect of the allegations leveled against you.”
The letter added that the suspension would be communicated to relevant authorities for their information and further necessary action, “as a caretaker Chairman will soon be announced to carry on the activities of the NNPP Office in Bauchi State.”
Babayo Liman also read to Journalists, the query written to the suspended acting Chairman which he claimed, he refused to collect,
He said that sometimes in June 2022, in the presence of the Public, the Zonal National Chairman and Zonal National Secretary, North East, Shehu Sani challenged and insulted the National Board of Trustee, Secretary General, Engr. Buba. Galadima in Abuja without any reason.
He added that “during the Bauchi State NNPP stakeholders meeting with the National Executive, in Abuja, he repeatedly insulted the same Engr. Buba Galadima which resulted to his argument with the National Leader and Presidential candidate of our great party Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso”.
It further contained that, “You did not apologize for your actions, even when you were advised to resign based on your attitudes until the National Chairman of the party apologized on your behalf”.
“That you also repeated the challenge and insult this time around to the Coordinator of the screening committee in the person of Dr. Yusuf Kofan Mata during another meeting with the National Leader Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso which also resulted in another argument between you and the National leader”, also in the letter.
“That unconfirmed report revealed to the Zonal Headquarters that you constituted a committee in collaboration with some candidates to visit all the 20 LGA of Bauchi State with the aims of changing some candidates and LGA Executives in the state without permission.
“That another information also revealed to the Zonal Headquarters that you are collecting money from stakeholders and NNPP candidates in the state for renting an office as well as for organizing a meeting in the State. And from the information received by this Office, since you assumed office you didn’t conduct any meeting except once when you were questioned by the National leader for not conducting an executive meeting in the state and the venue of the meeting and NNPP State office was a donation by the Zonal National Secretary Dr. Babayo Liman, in Bauchi State.
“That unconfirmed report also revealed to the Zonal Headquarters that you are making arrangements with some opposition parties in the State to carry on anti-party which is against the NNPP,”
The letter directed Shehu Sani to, “write a letter of apology to the National Leader Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Engr. Buba Galadima, the National Chairman and all National Executives through the National Zonal Headquarters North-East within 48 hours of the receipt of this query in the alternative why not disciplinary actions shouldn’t be taken against you.