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NNPP Sacks Member Over Alleged Endorsement Of APC Governorship Candidate


The New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) national leadership has fired Rabe Darma, who was Nura Khalil’s running mate for governor of Katsina state.

Sani Liti, the state chairperson, Umar Jibril, the secretary, Mustapha Basheer, the youth leader, Dauda Kurfi, Abdulhadi Mai-Dawa, the Funtua zonal chairperson, Sale Mashi, the Daura zone chairperson, and Audu Yandoma were among the other state executives removed.

Nasiru Usman-Kankia, NNPP director of media and publicity said the party members were expelled for alleged anti-party activities, days after it was reported that Darma endorsed Dikko Radda, candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.

It was also alleged that the expelled party members convened an “illegal meeting” to form an alliance with the ruling party. 

Kankia said;

“As you are already aware, a section of the state executive leadership of the party convened an unauthorised meeting on Thursday, March 9, the decision of which almost rocked the party.

“An emergency exco meeting comprising 19 out of 29 members was conveyed to discuss the immediate and remote causes of the illegal meeting.

“Facts have emerged that the illegal meeting was unconstitutionally convened without the consent of the state executive committee.

“It was also discovered that even when invitations were sent for the illegal meeting to state and local government exco members and ward chairmen, they were informed that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss and disburse funds for the settlement of polling unit agents and ward coordinators.

“However, at the illegal meeting, the APC gubernatorial candidate was ushered in and the NNPP state chairman, Liti, the party’s gubernatorial running mate, Rabe Darma, and other top executives introduced other members present as decampees to the APC.

“Almost immediately, the entire arena turned chaotic with shouts of NNPP slogans and chants of no, no, no, by the party’s loyalists.

“Accordingly, party officers, members and candidates at all levels are not authorised to discuss, negotiate or form any alliance with any political party to win the upcoming gubernatorial and legislative polls.

“Anyone who endorses a candidate of another political party will be sanctioned in line with the NNPP Constitution, ranging from suspension to expulsion.

“Our emergency meeting considered and decided to expel the officials and members involved in the illegal meeting, subject to the approval of the national executive committee of the party.”