NNPP Zonal Secretary North East, 600 supporters decamp to PDP

Zonal Secretary, New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP,), Dr Babayo Liman addressing party's supporters at NUJ secretariat in Maiduguri

By SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri –

The Zonal Secretary, New Nigeria People’s Party, (NNPP,), Dr Babayo Liman has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP).

Dr. Liman said he dumped NNPP for PDP along with his over 600 supporters in Borno state due to poor leadership and party structures which could not be resolved internally for over 6 months while general election is fast approaching

Addressing Journalists at a press briefing on Monday held at the NUJ Centre Maiduguri Dr. Liman added that one of his reasons for defection was the inability of the National Leader of the NNPP, , Dr. Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso to manage the lingering crisis rocking the party in Bauchi state where he hailed from.

He said on several occasions, they approach the National Leader to resolve the crisis in the state, but he could not properly handle the issues to a logical conclusion as no concrete steps were taken to solve the crisis.

Dr. Liman, who was accompanied by teaming supporters in Borno, further claimed that the leader of NNPP, Dr Kwankwaso does not possess the leadership quality to lead Nigeria if he can not resolve crisis within his party in a particular state.

A cross section of defected NNPP supporters in Borno

He said: ” I defected from NNPP on the 14th January, 2023 in Bauchi, but Borno been the fact that is one of the state that made up my political Zone, i decided ro visit all the states in the North East to inform thousands of my supporters that we are defecting to PDP in full support of our Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

“With me here, i have some of the NNPP Executives from the 27 local government areas and over 650,000 registered members in Borno state, but as i cannot bring all of them here, i decided to invite few of these executive members and some supporters to declare our intention in moving to the PDP.

“Our reason for supporting Atiku Abubakar is because of his track records and pedigree to rescue Nigerians from the clutches of insecurity, banditry, poverty, unemployment and bad policies of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.” Bayo said.

According to him, any other alleged reason for his defection being rumoured by some NNPP members was false and unfounded if not baseless against his personality and years of experience he put in forming and steering the affairs of NNPP.

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