The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) in Bauchi State has been mired in a power tussle over the suspension of the acting chairman in the State, Sani Shehu, by the North East Zonal Secretary, Babayo Liman over the alleged misconduct.
Recall that WikkiTimes had on Thursday 14 July reported that a leadership crisis has engulfed the Bauchi state chapter of the party which led to the suspension of Alhaji Shehu for allegedly uttering insulative words on 2023 presidential flagbearer of the party, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso and Engineer Buba Galadima, a chieftain of the party.
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 Mr Shehu, copies of which were made available to Journalists in Bauchi.
The North-East Zonal Secretary of the NNPP, Babayo Liman 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, stating that he refused to apologise or respond to a query issued to him.
“That during the Bauchi State NNPP stakeholders meeting with the National Executive, in Abuja, you repeatedly insulted same Engr Buba Galadima which resulted to your argument with the National Leader and Presidential candidate of our great party Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
“Your actions for not collecting the query issue to you on the 6th July 2022 has been categorised as a gross indiscipline and disrespect to the leadership of the party.” The letter read in part.
However, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr Agbo Major, in a statement, faulted Liman’s decision, stating that the suspension was not endorsed by the party’s Zonal Chairman, Kawu Ali and the National Working Committee (NWC), which automatically violated NNPP’s Constitution.
Dr Major warned officials of the party to desist from taking action capable of causing division among members ahead of next year’s general poll.
In his statement, “The national leadership of New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has dismissed the purported suspension of its Bauchi State Chairman, Malam Sani Shehu”.
“Shehu’s purported suspension by the North East Zonal Secretary, Babayo Liman on 13th July 2022, without the consent and approval of the Party’s Zonal Chairman, Kawu Ali and the National Working Committee (NWC) is a flagrant violation of NNPP’s Constitution.
“Accordingly, it is set aside, null and void, and of no effect. NNPP believes in due process, the rule of law and strict adherence to its Constitution registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“The Party warns its officials at all levels to desist from taking any action that will cause disaffection and division among members as we jointly strategise, mobilise Nigerians and move into the 2023 general election that will redefine the destiny of the nation and create the new Nigeria citizens desire and deserve,” he said.
He added that Mr Shehu remains the authentic chairman of the party in Bauchi state.