Aniebonam, co-travellers, not NNPP owners – Aduji

A faction of the New New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) led by Dr Ahmed Aduji has explained that the expelled Board of Trustees Chairman, Chief Boniface Aniebonam, and his co-travellers, who laid claim to the sole ownership of the party was not a legal possibility.

The party also clarified that “the issue of the hijacking of the party by the Rabiu Kwankwaso group as raised by the Aniebonam faction did not arise.

A statement by the newly elected NNPP National Publicity Secretary, Ladipo Johnson, said: “It is a collective ownership based on shared values and as such, no one is above the constitution no matter his or her position.

The statement explained that the expulsion of Aniebonam and his co-travellers was due to overbearing tendencies which were inimical to the overall interest and growth of the party.

The party noted that the expulsion of Aniebonam and other ex chieftains of the party followed due democratic process.

“The NNPP is compelled to address the nefarious activities of Chief Boniface Aniebonam, a former member of the party who has since been expelled.

“It is pertinent to state that his expulsion, along with some of his co-travellers, was due to overbearing tendencies which were inimical to the overall interest and growth of the party. Of course, the expulsion followed due democratic process.

“Since then, Aniebonam and others have instituted a number of cases to challenge the party’s decisions particularly on their expulsion. They have also asked the court to compel INEC to recognise them as “the authentic” NNPP.

“However, it is on record that all such legal actions have failed, and the various courts have decided in favour of the NNPP as a political party, under the able leadership of Dr Ahmed Aduji.

“Expectedly, the logical step for Aniebonam and his co-travelers would have been to appeal the court judgements against them but rather they have resorted to utter blackmail, deceit and outright false misrepresentation of the issues.

“The party has to put the record straight so that the general public can duly realize and know that contrary to such sensational media orchestrations in recent times by Aniebonam and Co, they are merely misleading the public by injecting sentiments into a pure matter of law and constitutionalism,” the statement read.