Osun State NCP rejects backdoor alliance with any party
By Cyriakus Nnaji
National Conscience Party (NCP) Osun State Chapter, has stated that it is not in support of any backdoor alliance with any political party in Nigeria.
Their position was made public in a press statement signed by Comrade Gideon Fasorepo, NCP Chairman, Osun State, and the Secretary, Comrade Ademola Bankole.
The State chapter decried the purported meeting called by Dr Tanko Yunusa whose tenure has since elapsed, they stated that the former chairman lacked the locus to convoke such a meeting without the consent of the NEC/NCC. “It came to our attention that Dr Tanko Yunusa called a meeting in Abuja recently and tagged it NEC/NCC meeting on the 21 – 22nd of January, 2023 at Abuja under the auspices of our party, National Conscience Party (NCP). The former chairman of our party (Mallam Tanko Yunusa) hosted the meeting despite lacking the authority to convene such a meeting without the consent of the NEC/NCC.”
“We reject any backdoor alliance with any groups of individuals or political parties. All alliance meetings and endorsements of candidates should be routed through the proper channel for dialogue and not through compromising ways. We equally do not accept all appointments and committees created during the said emergency meeting. We believe they are not in line with the constitution of our party.
“We, as a chapter, are fully focused on getting justice on the pending case at the court and having a convention afterwards,” the release stated.
The group said Tanko’s action is both uncalled for and compromising to convened such a press conference for the sole purpose of announcing an alliance with another party and endorsing their candidates for the forthcoming elections all in the name of the party, without the proper knowledge of the NEC/NCC members both at the National and state level. “We believe this is totally uncalled for and compromising the principles and tenets of the foundation of our party.”
The release stated further, “In light of available facts, it is to the best of our knowledge that Yinusa Tanko’s tenure as the chairman of our party expired in 2020. However, since the INEC directive to deregister the party (the case is still pending in court), another convention hasn’t been held to elect a new chairman and other positions of the NEC. That makes the leadership of the party remain with the bonafide NEC/NCC members of the party and not the unidentified group that purportedly met to hold an emergency meeting in Abuja.
“To the best of our knowledge in the Osun state chapter, at no point in time did the recognized leaders of the party call for any meeting with the agenda of forming an alliance with another party or even endorsing a candidate. And neither did Mallam Tanko Yinusa convene any message of any meeting of the party to NCC/NEC Members in Osun state to date.
“Therefore, we believe the so-called meeting was done in secrecy and thereby lack any substantial basis. With no official correspondence or invitation sent to our office in the Osun state chapter, we wish to state categorically that we do not support any decision or resolution made in the purported meeting as we believe the meeting was held with no interest of our dear party but for personal gains. We consider all decisions made at the purported meeting null and void. No such decision is acceptable to us.