The National Chairman of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) Dr Boniface Okechukwu Aniebonam has reiterated that the sole aim of the party is to berth a new Nigeria where things work.
Speaking while addressing a press conference recently in Lagos, the party chairman maintained that the history of political evolution in Nigeria cannot be complete without a special place for NNPP.
He highlighted the various challenges facing political parties in Nigeria to include: difficulty in managing party members, legislation stopping payment of subvention to political parties, and the recent delisting of 74 political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The NNPP boss said that despite the hurdles, NNPP being a party that offers hope of a new Nigeria to the citizens, the party has not gone under.
He however, called on well meaning Nigerians to join the party members in celebrating 20 years of victory as a political party in Nigeria.
Speaking further while commenting on current national issues, the Party Chairman revealed that NNPP expected President Buhari to remove all the obstacles he encountered during his strive to become Nigerian President.
Because according to him, “Buhari didn’t find it easy in his journey to becoming Nigerian President. So one would expect that now he eventually made it, he would use his good office and do all things possible to ensure he removes the obstacles in the Nigerian Electoral system”.
On Security Challenges, Aniebonam maintained that Security is the responsibility of all. But government must be at the forefront because it has the constitutional mandate to protect lives and properties of citizens.
Commenting on the regional security agencies being created by regions, he said there is nothing wrong with the regional security outfits because security is in the concurrent list of Nigerian constitution which allows states to also be responsible for security.
Responding to the call for the removal of the Service Chiefs, the NNPP helmsman called for the President to do further investigation to know if sacking the Service Chiefs is needed or if there are things the service Chiefs needed in order to do better. This he said because the President is privy to certain information that no other person has.
On the issue of deregistrered political parties, he said INEC has exercised it’s constitutional right. He urged the delisted parties to meet the requirements and reapply.
Responding to questions from Journalists, he said NNPP is not an opposition to the elected government, but a responsible partner with government to constructively engage the party in government and make Nigeria better.
Recall that for the first time in its 20 years existence as a political party, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) won two State House Of Assembly seats in Bauchi state. The party also claimed to have won elections in one Senatorial District seat and one Federal House of Representatives seat in Bauchi state, but later loss the seats in tribunals and appeal courts.
Speaking to Platform Reporters on what transpired in the Senatorial and Federal House of Reps elections, the Secretary – General of the party, Major Gilbert Agbo explained that NNPP candidates were robbed in both positions.
He stated that the party pursued the case of the Senatorial seat up to the appeal court, but loss in the appeal court judgement which favoured the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Whereas the tribunal ordered for a rerun for that of the Federal House of Representatives, and when the rerun was held on January 26th, his party loss to the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who won through the machinery of vote-buying.
Major Agbo told Platform Reporters that NNPP is currently holding two elective positions in Bauchi State House Of Assembly, a situation which he confirmed is the first time the party is winning an elective positions since its inception 20 years ago.