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PPA Sacks Four State Excos Over Poll Loss

Posted: Jun 5, 2015 at 1:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Hassan Zaggi, Abuja

THE National Working Committee (NWC) of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) has announced the dissolution of the party’s executive committees in the four states of Niger, Ekiti, Sokoto and Plateau states.

It also appointed a 12-man caretaker committee to take charge of the affected chapters pending the conduct of fresh congresses.

PPA National Chairman, Peter Ameh, disclosed this to journalists after submitting the dissolution letter to the chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, in Abuja,  on Friday, June 5, 2015.

The dissolution letter was also copied to the Resident Electoral Commissioners (REC) of affected states, Commissioners of Police and Directors of State Security Services.

Ameh said the action was due to gross incompetence, failure to present candidates, promote and sell its manifesto in the recently concluded general elections.

According to him, the Niger State chapter was dissolved “after series of investigation which found members culpable of gross misconduct contrary to Article 12(2) a, b, c, d and refusal to appear before its disciplinary committee.”

The NWC also accused them of allegedly causing disaffection within the party and unruly behavior to the leadership of PPA.

Ameh said: “The action became imperative in order to strengthen and reposition the party for enhanced performance and vibrancy and improve our chances as we start early preparation for future elections.

“Apart from the offenses listed in their official letters, including gross misconduct, the affected states failed grossly to enhance the chances of the party at the last polls, where some of them failed to file in candidates for the election.


“We see such actions as high level of incompetence because there was enough time to prepare, promote, and sell the manifesto of the party to aspirants.

“They could not state clearly what distinguished our party from other political parties, including our commitment to fairness and due process in our party’s selection process and respect for internal party democracy.”

On the recent elections, Ameh said: “We are going to sit down with INEC and discuss. We are going to look at how to improve the voting system and make it right because the Option A4 of 1999 is still greater and more transparent than what we have today.

“We are still going to look at better ways to improve the electoral process. If we are going for full-blown electoral voting system, we should go for it to protect the interest of all registered political parties.

“In doing that, the mandate of parties, which won election, will not be lost.

“Also, for parties which lost election, they will see it as a transparent process that will encourage acceptance of the results and include participation in the electoral process.”