NNPP sets aside February 23 for Edo governorship primary

The New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) has fixed February 23 to elect its governorship candidate in Edo State ahead of the September election.

The party has also disclaimed those it called expelled members but still parading themselves as officials of the party, despite a subsisting court order they have not challenged.

It threatened to file contempt proceedings against those it said were still parading themselves as party officials, after their expulsion.

Addressing reporters yesterday at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, Acting National Chairman Kawu Ali said the PDP was ready for tomorrow’s rerun and by-elections across the country.

The acting national chairman said the party had begun the sale of forms for the Edo State governorship elections at N10 million for Nomination Form and N1 million for Expression of Interest form.

He added: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of NNPP wishes to put the record straight on the misconducts of some elements who have no locus but continue to parade themselves as leaders of our great party.

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“These people were expelled from the party in line with its constitution. Not only that, there is a restraining order of court of competent jurisdiction stopping them from parading themselves as leaders of this party.

“They neither challenged this order nor tried in any way to vacate it. As we are here today, the order subsists.

“Flowing from above, all the activities of this renegade group amount to a contempt of court, which the laws of our great country seriously frown at. This court order was not only served on them but media houses were also copied.

“However, it is very unfortunate that some media houses, unknowingly, apart from abetting these people, continue to flout the orders of the honourable court. We wish to use this medium to appeal to our friends in the media to avoid being dragged by these characters into flouting a valid court order…”

Commenting on tomorrow’s polls, Kawu said the NNPP was prepared to participate in them in about 26 states.

He urged Nigerians to cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to deliver elections.

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