The Osun State chapter of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Saturday denied a claim that it has endorsed the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Tinubu.
The Caretaker Chairman of the party in Osun, Alhaji Abdussalam Abdullateef, who made the rebuttal at a news conference in Osogbo, urged Nigerians to disregard the claim.
Abdullateef explained that four members of the NNPP, who reportedly endorsed Tinubu, were “on their own.”
He said that the only presidential candidate known to the NNPP is Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, “who has all it takes to give our dear country a new lease of life come May 29, 2023, and beyond.”
“We in the Osun NNPP want to reaffirm our support for His Excellency, Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, the Presidential Candidate of NNPP.
“He is the most qualified of all the presidential candidates in Nigeria in terms of education, work experience, political maturity and closeness to the grassroots,” Abdullateef said.
According to Abdullateef, some past leaders of NNPP in the state were in the habit of using the party to trade for personal interest, which he said led to the change of leadership of the party.
He said, “It may interest the world to know that the leadership of NNPP at the National level has decided to put a stop to this betrayal habit, resulting in the change of the State leadership in Osun State.
“The after effect of the change was the show of shame by four candidates of the party, who purportedly endorsed another presidential candidate as witnessed.
“If candidates of a political party endorse the presidential candidate of another party while still holding on to the mandates of NNPP, their action didn’t come to us as a surprise.
“Once again, we outrightly dissociate Osun NNPP from people of unstable credentials and anti-party characters.
“As for the genuine members of the party in the state, we further affirm that all candidates of NNPP in Osun State are working towards success at the 2023 polls.”
NAN reports that four candidates of NNPP in the state in the 2023 elections had on Wednesday declared support for the presidential candidate of APC.
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