The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the Saturday, March 18 election in Ogun state, Ladi Adebutu has expressed optimism that he would reclaim what he described as his “stolen mandate” at the election petition tribunal.
He rejected the outcome of the election, alleging that, the election was marred with irregularities, violence and massive rigging.
He vowed to explore all legal means available to challenge the victory of Dapo Abiodun.
While addressing members of the party in a meeting in Abeokuta, the state capital, Ladi Adebutu accused the state Returning officer Kayode Adebowale of subverting the will of the people by declaring Abiodun as the winner of the election.
He also described the governorship election as the worst in the history of the country’s democracy.
RUFAI ALKALI RESIGNS AS NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF NNPP
The National Chairman of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Prof. Ahmed Rufai Alkali has resigned.
The NNPP and its Presidential candidate, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso came fourth in the recently concluded Presidential elections but won Kano governorship.
In a letter dated March 31, 2023 and addressed to the National Secretary, Prof. Alkali said he was resigning as National Chairman to pave way for the restructuring of the party and reposition it for the task ahead.
The resignation letter is coming barely 24 hours after the National Executive Committee meeting of the party.
The letter was copied to the Presidential candidate and Leader of the party, Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Elder Chief Boniface Aniebonam, and the Secretary of the Board of Trustees, Engr Buba Galadima.
He said there was the need for leaders of the party to make sacrifice to allow for the repositioning of the party to be in a position to win all future elections, saying he believed that the sacrifice must start from him.
The letter reads “I am pleased to write and convey to you that I have stepped aside as the National Chairman of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) with effect from today, Friday 31st March, 2023.
“Following keenly the events before, during and after the recent General elections held on 25th February and 18th March 2023, it is my humble view that our party, the NNPP, has a great future and potential to emerge as the leading political force that is capable of winning the Presidential and all other elections in 2027.
“To achieve this, we must think ahead and plan ahead. And the time is now. Our great party, the New Nigeria People’s Party will require major and fundamental structural and systemic changes and reorganization at all levels of the party in order to strengthen its base, improve its operational capabilities and generally enhance its competitive advantage over and above all the other 17 political parties on the INEC nominal roll.
“Since, we as a party, all believe in and aspire to bring in a better Nigeria though the astute leadership of our Leader, His Excellency, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, I believe, no sacrifice is to much from each and every one of us.
“I am convinced, this change must start from me. This is precisely why I have decided, with all sense of responsibility, to step aside from the office of the National Chairman of our party to give room for fresh hands to take over and build upon and improve on our modest contributions. I wish, I have done more.
“By this letter, I also wish to inform our National Leader and Presidential Candidate, His Excellency, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and our entire members nationwide that I am still and will remain a bonafide member of our party and I pledge to serve and offer support to our Party at all levels to ensure the continued progress and advancement of our party.
“I wish to also extend my special appreciation to our National Leader Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who in the last three years, offered me unique and rare opportunities to serve in various capacities from the formative stages of The National Movement (TNM) and after the merger between the TNM and the old NNPP was ultimately consummated. This rare privilege, I can not take for granted.
“I wish to therefore extend my special and sincere appreciation to our National Leader, His Excellency Sen Engr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso Ph. D. FNSE, our amiable Vice Presidential Candidate Bishop Isaac Idahosa, our elder and Chairman Board of Trustees (BOT) Chief Boniface Aniebonam, my Brother the Secretary of BOT, Elder Buba Galadima, members of the National Working Committee, our Gubernatorial and National and States Houses of Assembly Members and all our members nationwide for your goodwill, support and encouragement during my sojourn as National Chairman of our great party, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP). All honour and glory belongs to God and God alone who makes everything possible.”