A New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) chieftain, Ambassador Olufemi Ajadi Oguntoyinbo, at the weekend, called on the security agencies to beef up security around the party’s leaders in the country.
Ambassador Ajadi in a statement made available to journalists, specifically, tasked the Police, Department of State Security (DSS) and other security agencies to offer protection to leaders of NNPP in Nigeria.
According to the NNPP Chieftain, there were alleged threat to the lives and properties of the party’s leaders as well as the national secretariat of the party.
He said the party’s Acting National Chairman, Abba Kawu Ali, has also petitioned the Inspector General of the Police and the Department of State Security (DSS) about threat to lives and property of some leaders of our great party, the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP).
Ambassador Ajadi pointed out that there is the need for the security agencies to be on alert and ensure that those planning the dastardly acts are apprehended before they strike, adding that “elections should not be turned to a do or die affair”.
“The security agencies should come to our aid. I implore our leaders and members across the country but most importantly in Kano State to remain peaceful but be at alert and watch out against attack”, he said .
Ambassador Ajadi added, “Our Acting National Chairman, Abba Kawu Ali has also petitioned the Inspector General of the Police and the Department of State Security (DSS) about the reports of threat to lives and property of some leaders of our great party, the New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP).
“I am calling on the security agencies to please protect our leaders as there are threat to their lives and properties across the country due to the fact that the party is growing and receiving the support of Nigerians”.
The NNPP Chieftain maintained ” What happened at the Court of Appeal where the Kano State Governor, Abba Yusuf got a judgement that was tampered with and the fact that our opposition are now seeing clearly that we will get victory at the Supreme Court, have led them to be threatening our lives and our properties”.
“They know there is no way we will not win at the Supreme Court. We are the leading party in Kano State. We dominate the House of Assembly, we are the grassroots and our opponents are jittery. They know their dream of taking over Kano has failed.So there are reports of threat to our lives and our properties”.
He noted further ” According to information at the party’s disposal, there are alleged plans by some people under the tag of “unknown gunmen” to attack the National Secretariat of our party while at the same time, some leaders of the party have been marked down for elimination’.
The NNPP Chieftain said “Our leaders have requested for a thorough investigation into this report and that they should produce adequate protection around our National Headquarters and leaders of the party. NNPP is a peace loving party. We don’t engage and will not engage in violence. But our lives and our properties should not be put in danger”.